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Maybe The FA Have Missed Ronaldo Being Strangled…?

Cristiano Ronaldo was strangled in the box by Emanuel Pogatetz on Monday night during our 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. This goes without saying that a penalty and red card should have been awarded. However, I understand the referee isn’t always going to get it right and can’t be watching everything that is going on.

I taped the game on Setanta and listened to their rather disparaging coverage of the incident when I got in from the match. They talked of how he went down too easily, laughing at it even. Incredibly, it was Steve YSB McManamam who was fighting Ronaldo’s corner, whilst Gary Pallister, Les Ferdinand and the Setanta presenter all chuckled.

Pogatetz had both hands around Ronaldo’s neck. I couldn’t give a shit less how ‘easily’ he went to ground after that, he had just been choked for the love of God! Would it have been such a laughable had it been Ronaldo ringing someone else’s neck? Wayne Rooney? “Oh ho ho, look at Rooney strangling someone, that loveable rogue!” He would be petulant. He would be a thug. He would be up to his old tricks. He would be bringing shame to the game. We all know the fuss that was made when he irritably threw an elbow in Amdy Faye’s direction the other day, all hell would have let loose if he’d actually strangled someone!

The media’s response to Pogatetz strangling Ronaldo was laughable, with them all looking for ways to criticise our winger. They focussed on Ronaldo’s reaction, which was to push Pogatetz in the arm. That’s how desperate they’ve got. They will make more fuss over Ronaldo pushing someone in the arm than they will about Ronaldo being choked.

Now, I can’t see how this incident will have escaped the FA’s attention. When Rooney kissed his badge at Goodison Park, the FA felt the need to release a statement confirming that Rooney wouldn’t be charged. What the fuck is that about? Rooney kisses his club badge on the pitch, like a whole host of players do on a weekly basis, yet the FA make a statement to confirm they won’t do anything about it. Why? Because the press had whipped everyone up in to the frenzy, with pundits talking of how Rooney should have been sent off!

Obviously the press haven’t made a big enough fuss about Pogatetz’s strangulation because the FA have not responded. They have not confirmed he won’t be charged and they have not confirmed they will be looking in to it.

You do have to worry about the downwards spiral of football when rugby tackles and throttling opponents go unpunished by the footballing body, the FA.

Call the FA and leave a recording to make them aware of what Pogatetz did on the number they have provided on their website: 020 7745 4999

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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. Failsworth Devil says:

    Ive just left a message… .they are snidey fuckers at the FA…

    Scott everything you said above is 1000% correct mate… and just shows the bias they have against us.

  2. ot070506 says:

    Well said, Scott. The reaction of the media was disgraceful and disgusting, as it was after Villareal when Capdevila tried to tear Ronaldo’s leg in two and the most of British public went defaming the victim afterwards. Yes, Ron rolled around a bit too much after Pogatetz brought him to the ground, but I’m not sure if anyone would have noticed it (or even replayed it on TV) if he did not. Btw, credit to him for not retaliating, neither immediately, nor later in the match. We don’t know what happened in the tunnel, but I actually liked Ron’s genuine reaction on the pitch during the half-time walk-off.

  3. Its in my blood says:

    Done that, hope ALL ROM readers phone and let their views be known. I’ve said it a few times now, isn’t it time to back Ronaldo in the way we did last season? If we want to retain our titles we need to ensure we as fans have done our utmost to support our club/players. Ronaldo is being villified everywhere, most of it undeserved.

  4. Gaffa says:

    That’s an absolute disgrace…

  5. james f says:

    As long as they let him play football (instead of working at a petrol station), he’ll always do these things. Ronaldo needs a break and he’ll be ok, but how long will he be able to overcome all these fools (opponents and media) and thrive? He’ll get tired, eventually, and leave us for good. :-(

  6. That Boy Neville says:

    I think Ronaldo has brought this on himself. His teatrics has been a disgrace to Manchester United and I will not miss him when he bugs off to Real. As for our support he doesn’t deserve it after his actions this summer. We’ll win the leauge with or without him, the other teams just aren’t good enough.

  7. Jas Rai says:

    Message done, will fall on deaf ears though…..good article mate

  8. averio68 says:

    Don’t know if it would be worth it but maybe Ronaldo needs to punch one of these pricks in the face. Send out a message DONT FUCK WITH ME… Most times he gets kicked up and down the field and all he does is cry a bit about it and they keep doing it. Maybe if they feared him a bit more some of the abuse would stop.

  9. Failsworth Devil says:

    Typical of this country and its media though… as soon as anyone does well or becomes successful or top of the game, then fuckin media build you up and then wanna knock you down…

    They did it with George Best…

    Did it with Gazza…

    Doin it to CR7…

    Any i dont know how many in between and not necessarily sport… they do it to everyone…

    Its as though the media are bitter of the success…

    “Mmmmm thats got me thinking…. if thats the case then i wonder how many citeh fans work in the media industry… as they are bitter twats arent they”…

  10. Jonny says:

    You talk about what would have been made of it if it was Rooney strangling someone; the media would’ve taken it up and called him a thug. Well besides the rather obvious fact that he is a thug, the tabloids don’t give two shits about Pogatetz, or Boro. They care about the big clubs because their players are usually the more well known and their demographic is likely to be made up of more Man United fans than Boro fans. Since you’re a big club you have more of this flak to deal with than the rest. Its always going to happen. The tabloids loves to build up and tear down players because if they can’t have that they only have sensationalist made up football stories to rely on! If you can’t deal with this then don’t buy the shit newspapers that don’t deal in facts!

  11. Kings says:

    Just left them cunts a message and stated that that cunt Pogatetz clearly throttled Ronaldo and they should be investigating it. I also stated that had it been a United player who did that then they would investigate it and would subsequently hand a 3 game ban and a fine for his efforts. Fucking bunch of cunts.

  12. Failsworth Devil says:

    Funny that king mate… coz thats pretty much how i put it when i left a message earlier lol…

    Lets hope the twats at the FA listen… but i doubt it.

  13. Tom F says:

    If Rooney did it, it’d make the front page.

    …however, the people who read the sun etc, wouldn’t get much enjoyment out of seeing Pogatetz’s name there…


  14. olusanjo says:

    There is a rumour around the world now that if you want your foul to go unpunished, just make sure it is against manchester united. please i need clarifications on this.

  15. junior says:

    Dat Emma Poga’whatever’ wants more attention than his talent is probably getting him and he somehow thinks botchering United players will get him hat popularity. First it was promising Poseboon and now Ronaldo.. He better watch out. SHAME on those pressmen who throw objectivity to the dogs so as to satisfy their personal interest.. SHAME!!!

  16. fez80 says:

    people get away with stuff on the football pitch all the look at what ronaldo has got away with other the last few games kicking out at other players off the ball etc Have all you people rang the fa about this matter ??

  17. averio68 says:

    fez80 maybe if these sort of things where called by the ref Ronaldo wouldn’t get pissed off and kick them. In my opinion he is risking getting sent off with these little kicks. Forget that shit Roanldo – nail one of these guys Keane style.

  18. tommy taylor says:

    Remember when Ronny gave Pogatitz a tap on his ankle
    at the beginning of the 2nd half,the soft twat fell to the turf,
    with a scream that could be heard all round the ground.
    Cowardly cunt.

  19. kaikorey from dublin says:

    they always talking shit about man utd and all the man utd players….u know why?????(because man utd are the best and we will fuck all the teams in this world ,,we are world champions man)

  20. themarkedman72 says:

    your point is right but if press are following the big clubs players then wouldnt you think that what happens to them si also news worthy.
    thats news-worthy.
    I reckon its time to get behind ronaldo properly and support him before he gets kicked to death.
    I dont think the occasional dive is an issue. The amount of kicking he gets its a way of protecting himself. Keep diving ronaldo fuck those talentless hatchet men.
    Like pogatetz didnt ham it up like some comedian when he got a love tap?

    I am going to ring the fuckers from australia.

    Best article.

  21. soonaiko says:

    Haven’t you heard of a disease *’SELECTIVE MYOPIA’ which a famous EPL manager suffers from? Looks like the people in the FA, match officials and even most members of the media are infected too. LOL!!! *Sufferers only sees what he wants to see.

  22. fez80 says:

    are you saying that ronaldo hasnt done that kind of thing in the past?Maybe if he didnt dive all the time and go crying to the ref and just get on with the game the refs might look after him a bit more.I think he brings alot on himself by play acting


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