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Swear Watch #2

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.

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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.
Thanks,
NAME

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166 Comments

  1. giga says:

    sent..
    all the way from Indonesia

  2. Walo3 says:

    Sent.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Anyone else having a problem accessing the FAs complaint site? I wonder if they have pulled it because of you lot. Now that would be a laugh. The FA can’t even respond to fans concerns. Isn’t that a requirement of their national tax status and the UEFA requirements for member organizations? Mr Bernstein? Anyone home? Ha ah ahhhhhhhhhh ha

    http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/WhoWeAre/ContactUs/NewsAndFeatures/2004/FAComplaint

  4. Scott the Red says:

    Fletch – Just follow the link in the article above to send them a complaint.

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Scott, Cheers mate. The link from the FA site to their complaints form was down when I checked last. I have been using it, so understand the process. Cheers.

    Reposted from the other thread, meant to post if here:

    Might be worth a punt to ask each member of the FA review panel that uphealsd WR10s ban how they will respond to Peter Crouch and Charlie Adams swearing on camera on the weekend. Or the racial abuse of 2 West Ham players by members of their own support. Let us see the measured response of the FA then.

    Here is the Committee that banned WR10 ( as reported in the Daily Fail)
    Steve Vasey, Royal Navy football FA (right, a Lt Commander knows exactly what about Football?)
    Maurice Armstrong, FA disciplinary committee chairman
    Brian Talbot, former West Brom manager and former Arsenal man, now technical director from some middle eastern outfit or somat)

    Committee Charter. Roast as Many Manchester United Players as possible. Ignore everyone else.

    Can anyone provide their contact details. We are waiting Mr Bernstein (former manchester city chairman and now head of the FA). We are waiting. We are waiting. Mr Bernstein?

  6. 90+Until We Score says:

    With love from Mumbai

  7. indiandevil says:

    F.A. in being anti United shocker :P , they will find a new way of us screwing us over next time. But cant stop us for sure!

    here’s a look back at the 5 most memorable European nights at Old Trafford! , do you guys remember any more?

    http://www.thehardtackle.com/index.php/high-five-european-nights-at-old-trafford/

  8. MG says:

    To the FA

    This is inception you believe that you have everything under control and that you think your superiority is overpowering us but this is not real

    Soon you will feel the full force of Manchester United

    This is a voice speaking beyond your deepest thoughts

    ;)

  9. smartalex says:

    Jon Phillips = cunt
    WHAT??? > Jon Phillips

  10. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    MG, God, I love that movie (if that is what you were referring to) and that is one of the best non-film references anyone has made to the film. Good job, as usual!

  11. StatesideAussie says:

    What??? re the post about Improper Conduct. Improper Conduct falls under the FA’s own Rules and Regulations (as specified in the FA Handbook). Those rules cover almost every aspect of football apart from what happens during an actual match. I may be wrong, but I do not believe those rules may be applied during actual play. What happens during play is governed by the Laws of Football, which are controlled by the International Football Association Board, and adopted by FIFA and its members (including the FA). When Fabregas walked on to the field after the whistle, that would have been governed by the FA’s rules, since the match was over at that point.

    Allowing both sets of rules to be applied to what happens during a match would inevitably lead to confusion or a contradiction. In any event, the FA is both a member of the IFAB, and a signatory to its Laws. Some “local” modifications to the Laws are allowed in certain cases, which are specified in the Laws themselves. These are limited to the size of the pitch, the size and weight of the ball, the size of the goal, the duration of play, and the number of players and substitutions. Those modifications are designed for matches played by juniors under 16, veterans over 35, women and people with disabilities. However, the Laws themselves clearly state that no other modifications are permitted without the IFAB’s prior consent.

    So no, I don’t believe the FA could have charged Rooney for Improper Conduct for something that happened on the pitch, while the match was in progress.

  12. WHAT ??? says:

    @MyCowIsTheBest

    There are things that you dont like to do but other people may like it, but if that thing is not a wrong thing to do, even if you dont like it, just let others do it. Just because you feel it is a waste of time and energy, you dont have to discourage other people.

    We are not complaining to the FA because we are saying what Rooney did is right. Instead, it is because we want to see a consistent and fair treatment.

    ___Mate I didn’t discourage anybody with a brain cell from doing what they woulda done anyway. Make Sense? It was just my opinion on this particular subject. It still IS my opinion. And im not in a position to “let” other people do anything Pal, come on, its just a differing point of view on a blog. Be a bit odd if we all uniformly agreed on “everything” aye? My frustration comes from the ban our Manager received.

    As for “consistent and fair treatment”, if an innocent player of ANY club is clearly caught on camera shouting FFS after missing a goal, it would not be very fair nor consistent for the FA to Ban said player like they banned Rooney. Not in MY book. But by all means bombard the FA INBOX !!! After all it was the FA who first swept being victims of ABU Phone Hacking under the rug. One million was the token amount of Hush Money they received. Football ranked high on Murdoch’s agenda it seems? But it wasn’t Sir Brooking, it was the Sir Ferguson who dared to question the quality of FA Refereeing, knowing full well what a Den of Vipers the FA is. He gets my Support mate, hence the POSTS. Im sure you can understand that?

  13. WHAT ??? says:

    smartalex says:
    Jon Phillips = cunt
    WHAT??? > Jon Phillips

    I had to look at that twice mate! Thought to my self these Supporters have gone completely stir fucking crazy with the Siege mentality. Obviously debating Bans given to Roo and Alex is splitting hairs amongst United fans, but anybody with an informed opinion outright denying FA Fuckry directed at United is being disingenuous. Or a Cunt.

  14. WHAT ??? says:

    What??? re the post about Improper Conduct. Improper Conduct falls under the FA’s own Rules and Regulations (as specified in the FA Handbook). Those rules cover almost every aspect of football apart from what happens during an actual match. I may be wrong, but I do not believe those rules may be applied during actual play. What happens during play is governed by the Laws of Football, which are controlled by the International Football Association Board, and adopted by FIFA and its members (including the FA). When Fabregas walked on to the field after the whistle, that would have been governed by the FA’s rules, since the match was over at that point.

    So no, I don’t believe the FA could have charged Rooney for Improper Conduct for something that happened on the pitch, while the match was in progress

    ___Alright mate? Thats what I thought at first but then the Fowler “celebration” came to mind. Sniffing the Goal Line? He was banned 5 games for “Improper Misconduct”. He committed his Offence A) during the match, B) it wasn’t punished by the Referee at all, and C) it therefore could’ve only been punished by the FA under “Improper Conduct”. Thats what the FA’s Powers are all about, the right to do what the fuck they want in instances where their hands are tied. Im sure theres more examples, but off the top of my head Fowlers celebration is a precedent for Rooney’s celebration. If the FA used the same Rules they cited for Fowler’s punishment there wouldn’t be a bitter taste left in so many mouths.

    Personally I think the FA are just shit stirring and deflecting attention. People are right when they say Rooney wasn’t the first, another Scouser was!!! Shame the papers don’t wanna discuss that. INSTEAD they prefer to gloss over the Ref being pressured to quote the offensive language rule even though the Ref wouldn’t have a leg to stand on sending Rooney off and doesn’t have a leg to stand on re: his report.

  15. Stevie the CUNT says:

    For United fans to complain to the FA is also Improper Conduct. So we are banned from complaining as well.
    hahahahahahaha…
    Freaking cunts.

  16. Vilhelm28 says:

    Done

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