April 10th 2011
1. Player: Charlie Adam
Game: Blackpool vs Arsenal
Time: 57 minutes
After being fouled, Adam was clearly seen on the TV screen saying “fuck off”. The referee is Lee Mason who claimed in his match report from West Ham vs Manchester United that if he had heard Wayne Rooney swearing, he would have sent him off. If he didn’t hear Adam swearing, video footage should be used to charge and ban him, just as it was for Rooney.
April 10th 2011
2. Player: Joey Barton
Game: Villa vs Newcastle
Time: 23 minutes
Crouch was clearly seen on the TV screen saying “fuck off” twice after scoring Spurs’ opening goal.
Feel free to write your own message to the FA or copy and paste the message I sent below:
Wayne Rooney was recently charged with using “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language” and banned for two games.
Today, in Blackpool’s game against Arsenal, Charlie Adam was seen saying “fuck off” after he was fouled on 57 minutes.
I was wondering whether Adam is going to be charged with using “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language” and banned for two games?
Just like Lee Mason didn’t see/hear Rooney swearing, I imagine he didn’t hear Adam swearing. But he did say if he had heard Rooney, he would have sent him off, so the same should apply to Adam. The benefit of video footage allowed Rooney to be charged so I was wondering whether video footage would be used to charge Adam, to ensure that the Respect campaign is upheld.
Also, after conceding a foul on 23 minutes, Joey Barton was seen saying “f**k off” twice in the direction of the crowd. Mason didn’t see/hear Rooney swearing, but Barton swore directly at referee Stuart Atwell. This shows massive inconsistencies, given that Mason claimed he would send a player off for doing this, as supported by the FA’s Respect campaign. I was wondering whether video footage would be used to charge Barton, or whether Attwell would be demoted for next weekend’s fixtures for failing to uphold the Respect campaign.
Your response on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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