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Gill: FA Made An Example Of Us

David Gill has today spoken about the FA’s treatment of Manchester United last season, claiming that they singled us out for harsher punishments because we’re the country’s biggest club.

Wayne Rooney was given a two match ban for swearing at the camera, despite the laws of football making no distinction between any sort of swearing. Law 12 states that abusive language warrants a red card, yet Rooney is the only player to have been given a three match ban for this season for breaking this law, despite the countless examples of players directing their abusive language towards match officials.

After Martin Atkinson yet again made disgraceful decisions to cost United all three points in a game between us and Chelsea, it was Sir Alex who was punished for criticising these decisions, not the referee for making them.

With other clubs players and managers getting away with exactly the same or similar behaviours, Gill rightly claims that United have been made an example of by the FA.

“I do genuinely believe there have been some poorish decisions that, in my opinion, wouldn’t necessarily have hit other clubs,” he said. “That’s not to say I’m condoning Wayne’s comments, because I don’t think they were correct, or what Sir Alex said because it wasn’t helpful. At the same time, the actual punishments were harsh. We’re possibly being caught up in being one of the biggest clubs and the ‘Respect’ agenda being there. What better way to demonstrate the authorities are being tough than by hitting one of the biggest clubs the hardest?”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. smartalex says:

    How lucky are we, that we can let our head or our heart rule,
    and still come up with the same answer!

  2. smartalex says:

    Be very careful on the Evra thread!

    One of the split-personalities is paranoid that the other split is following him!

    Divide and conquer, I say!

  3. smartalex says:

    What we need to do is distract one split, and lure the other on to a shadow thread.
    Which Scott then deletes.

    ‘I have exorcised the demon!’

  4. StatesideAussie says:

    I reckon this gossip about SAF bidding for Nasri is just SAF ‘phantom bidding’ on a player he knows shitty want, so that shitty will have to pay more. Which, in my view, would be an excellent strategy to waste their money (even if our bid is the highest, he can always find a reason to scuttle the deal). Meaning, SAF himself actually has no interest in the guy. That’s what I hope, anyway, because I don’t like the little turd (Nari that is, not SAF lol). On the other hand, if SAF really is planning to get Nasri, then I’ll back his decision, and I’ll also give Nasri every chance to show he can succeed too. We all have our favorites and our opinions, but when a player dons our shirt, he must get our support and encouragement — until such time as he proves himself unworthy of it. And I’ll be the first to admit there are players I thought were crap who eventually changed my mind — and I was happy to have my mind changed.

  5. King Eric says:

    Smartalex. Hello mate. Just got up for a smoke and a cuppa. Hope you are well. Superb comment at 23.46. So true. Goodnight.
    Stateside. Spot on mate. Any player for United will always get my full support.


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