Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Ugly man guilty of instigating ugly scene
Franck Ribery and Phil Neville's better looking brother, Gary has been found guilty of improper conduct and fined £5,000. That's it boys. The F.A, fearless and never afraid to court controversy, has fined him a minimal percentage of his weekly wage. That'll learn him. A typical gutless display there.
What Neville did was irresponsible, I believe he did it because he genuinely despises Liverpool - and everything is stands for. It's not like he hides his hatred though: "I can't stand Liverpool, I can't stand Liverpool people, I can't stand anything to do with them." Once when Man Utd players had heard Stevie Gerrard was injured it was Gary Neville who piped up "Shame it wasn't Michael Owen"
His loathing of Liverpool is not a secret, his actions - despite the most obvious of obvious protestations to the contrary by...who else?...Sir Alex Ferguson - blatant. So why is the punishment so minimal? Whether players should be allowed to do what they want on the pitch is an entirely different issue, but if it is on the statute book that what Neville did constitutes an offence there must be a more suitable punishment. Not even a one match ban. How do you dissuade players from provoking potentially ugly scenarios? Easy: do whatever the F.A don't.
What has he got to recommend himself for such a leniant punishment?
- The fact that he took the England players out on strike?
- The fact that he ran 60 yards to provoke a riot?
- The fact that he sees himself as the voice of the common man (as common as you can be on £60k a week).
If I got fined 10% of my week's wage for such an idiotic thing i'd think myself very lucky indeed - in fact I'd think myself lucky not to have been sacked.
You'd never see any provactive behaviour from me, either.
i don't think there is a human being alive that i detest more than neville