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Ferguson Explains Relief Over Taylor Escaping Ban

Following a bad tackle on Michael Carrick as well as hitting Cristiano Ronaldo around the face, it is incredible that Steven Taylor got away with just a yellow card. Despite the referee watching footage after the event and claiming that he would have awarded a second yellow, the FA said they were powerless to act as they can only handle issues of straight red cards. How purposefully hitting someone around the face isn’t deemed as a straight red card is beyond me! We all remember the three match ban Wayne Rooney received for pushing Ben Haim in the face, when it was viewed after the game. Ben Haim was charged for play-acting, which makes a mockery of Rooney’s ban for violent conduct. Regardless, what is the difference? Why is one player banned for three matches and another faces no punishment?

It’s all by the by for Ferguson though, who is glad Taylor wasn’t banned.

“The disciplinary situation does confuse you at times,” said Ferguson. “No-one is really clear about it. But in actual fact we did not want the boy suspended because now he can play against Chelsea and Arsenal.”

I can only assume Ferguson wants Chelsea and Arsenal to miss out on penalties they would otherwise receive if not for Taylor’s snipered impression, or wants their players to get slapped around the face or sythed down.

Still, our manager shows a more caring side, knowing the geordies will need all the players possible to avoid going down.

“In Newcastle’s position, with the injuries they have at the moment, it would have been devastating for them to lose that player,” he added. “I am not really upset about it at all.”

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  1. garchformfrance says:

    couldn’t of said it better!!! pure class from SAF.

  2. denton davey says:

    More Fergy mind games, bigging-up little Steven Taylor.

    Of course, he should have been red-carded and – of course ! – Mr Bennett missed; and so did his so-called “assistants”.

    Reading press reports after this game – as with the Pogatetz mugging a while back – you’d think that it was Ronaldo who was the aggressor.

    I guess when you are – by far – the very best player in the EPL, you’re going to get lots of “abuse” from inferior, slower opponents. It comes with the territory. And being “foreign” just adds to the incitement to injure.

    Fortunately, Ronaldo is a tough kid – he takes a terrific amount of physical abuse and gets back into the game (although, admittedly, he can sometimes go through a pantomime routine after he’s been fouled and there has been no call). What makes this admirable is that Ronaldo seems to be able to “take it”.

  3. costas says:

    Lol!Fergie,the man with the plan.It’s not only that he would miss Chelsea and Arsenal.He would also deprive everyone else from his shitty face for 3 games!By the way,thanx for remembering the Rooney-Ben Haim incident Scott.That was one of the biggest travesties i can remember.

  4. King Eric says:

    Denton – not only does Ronaldo “take it” he never stops looking for the ball. This alone takes courage as there is nothing worse than knowing everytime you get the ball you will be chopped. Lesser players would hide.

  5. olusanjo says:

    king eric, you are right. lesser players like reyes. hahahahaha!

  6. Bob Koh says:

    With our 11games winding down the season where we can ‘lose’ 9 points and still win the title by 1 pt, I too don’t give a shit about Steven Taylor.
    Viva Ronaldo & Glory, glory ManUtd!

  7. denton davey says:

    King Eric: “there is nothing worse than knowing everytime you get the ball you will be chopped” – and only rarely protected by the officials.

    Exactly !

  8. TonyBee says:

    Fergie should just say Yon wee man is a cunt and playing for a bunch of cunts in black and white and be done with it….. and prime Vidic to settle scores next time they meet.


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