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Bernstein And FA At It Again…

Player: Christian Negouai (Manchester City)
Offence: Missing drugs test
Punishment: No ban, £2,000 fine

Player: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Offence: Missing drugs test
Punishment: 8 month ban, £50,000 fine

Player: Kolo Toure (Manchester City)
Offence: Taking banned substance (in diet pills)
Punishment: 6 month ban

Player: Paddy Kenny (Sheffield United)
Offence: Taking banned substance (in cough medicine)
Punishment: 9 month ban

How the FA can justify these punishments is beyond me. Surely has nothing to do with Manchester City supporting chairman, David Bernstein…

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  1. RedHarry4Life says:

    WTF should the the retroactive ban be fine and ok. Seem to remember that when we banned Eric for 6 months the FA said that was shit and added what another 3 months on top of that.

    So if you miss a test bur DO NOT fail a test myou will get a longer ban than if you actually fail a test. Now that seems so much more sensible. If Toure had been a United player we would have had questions in parliament debates in the US senate Dick Pound the drugs guy all out demanding the death penalty. But if he doesnt wear a united shirt well WTF should they even bother wasting time on it?

  2. r8devil says:

    I expected this as much. It has always been one rule for United and one for the rest. Look at the problems Fergie has had recently. The only reason they gave him a warning and started giving the rest of the managers a warning for the compliment Fergie gave Webb was because of the backlash.

  3. billybowlegs says:

    To pen a line”fuck `em and their fuckin` law” Lyrics courtesy of The prodigy……

  4. Jeet says:

    @Gaz: yes I saw that…it’s beyond disgraceful, it’s venomous slander and words fail me. I didnt even bother posting it on this blog cos I felt that action in itself is a disrespect to the great man. It’s a sign of the times that mediocre nobodies are allowed to get away with abusing great men who they are not fit to tie the shoelaces of. Institution-pulling-down is not only a favorite pastime, but a highly lucrative profession, it seems.

  5. tooksomethingperfectandpainteditRED says:

    Just contacted Fucking Arseoles and stated my disgust,what a joke,the media should pick up on their shite inconsistencies and bias,who gives a sad fucking blue bernstein that much power.Does anybody know if fa will comment on made up policies if they get enough complaints about this?

  6. T. says:

    can Fa be held accoutable for all this shite? Someone has to make them stiop making laws up and follow strict laws. send this to the FA, it shouldn´t be hard to follow.

    Fine £10.000 for shittyplayer
    2 games ban for Unitedplayers
    Fine £40.000 for the rest.

    Missing drugtest:
    a clap on the shoulder for shittyplayer
    38 match ban for unitedplayer
    18 match ban for the rest.

    answearing questions before, after and during games in tv ragarding refs:
    Manicni, payraise £10.000
    sir Fergie 5 match ban and a retro phone
    the rest: FA must call the manager in question and give him a reprimind.

    If just the Fa can make this official it will be so much easier to follow and noone would be angry with them.
    united doesn´t care, they can do whatever they want, we just roll over them with our mighty army on the battlegrounds all over England.

  7. tooksomethingperfectandpainteditRED says:

    @T. says:
    Very funny and so true!

  8. Pete says:

    Thought Scott would run something on this.

    As a blue, I’m obviously pleased that Toure has got off lightly but understand where you guys are coming from. The ‘punishment’ is a joke. To suspend a player for six months, for taking a substance without fully checking it deserves a longer sentence, but to suspend him during the close season is pathetic.

    Then to back date it to March, means he’s already served two months so it isn’t going to make any difference at all. In reality, the FA should suspend a player for the duration of a playing term, meaning between August and May, so technically he should be suspended for the first four months of the new season, but the FA will never agree to such a radical change.

    whether it has anything to do with Bernstein or not is open to the conspiracy theorists. I can’t slate the guy as he saw us through a very difficult period, but something is seriously not right at the FA at the moment

    Anyway, good look against Barca



  10. billybowl legs says:

    Ha ha,Blatter in trouble,conniving conning cheating bastard he is…

  11. tooksomethingperfectandpainteditRED says:

    Got this back from FA,surprise surprise,”can’t comment on individuals but every case is different” response.Bollocks.

    Thank you for contacting the Football Association.

    For details of the punishment handed to Kolo Toure, please review the link below:

    With regards to your comparisons with other cases, each case will differ in circumstances and are therefore treated on their own merits.

    Kind regards,


    Gary Stonehouse | englandfans Assistant

    Communications Division

    The FA Group
    Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

    Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

    T +44 (0) 845 458 1966 | F+44 (0) 844 980 0666 |,


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