Pete Gill on Sol Campbell’s hearing

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
October 7th, 2003 • 10:42 pm

Pete Gill at has a decent column on Sol Campbell’s forthcoming hearing with the Football Association regarding the Community Shield incident:

The context is important because it is unlikely, based on his previous decisions, that referee Steve Bennett would have done anything more than pass on a few words of warning if he had seen Campbell’s flick at the ManYoo substitute.

Campbell’s retaliation certainly wasn’t as reckless as Djemba-Djemba’s chestful of studs, as petulant as Ashley Cole’s swing at Solskjaer, or even as vicious as Paul Scholes’ hack at Lauren. The combined total of those incidents was one yellow card, one talking-to and one free-kick. Two months later, Campbell faces a three-match ban. His greatest crime, it seems, is not raising his foot in full view of the referee.

It would be nice indeed if the FA chose the path of reason and consistency. I’m not too hopeful, however.

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