Balotelli gets away with it! by KJ
Some shocking news has filtered its way onto twitter. Mario Balotelli will not receive any retrospective action after his horrific tackle on Alex Song during the 1-0 win against Man City at the Emirates. According to the FA, an official saw the incident and decided it was not worth producing a card and hence did not communicate it to Martin Atkinson (providing he wasn’t the actual official who saw it).
It is ridiculous that the FA have decided not to charge that temperamental thug, Balotelli. I don’t understand why they religiously stick by the rule which states ‘Retrospective action can only be taken in scenarios where none of the Match Officials saw the players coming together. The normal scenarios in which retrospective action is taken are for ‘off the ball’ incidents.’.
Surely anyone with common sense realised that it was a career-ending tackle (whether anyone was ‘watching’ or not!) and it should be punished accordingly. It was horrific and it could have easily snapped Song’s leg ultimately ending his potentially world-class career.
It does beg the question of whether the FA are allowing the referees to become invincible. I’m all for supporting refereeing as it is an amazingly hard job with the pace of the game at the moment. However, they should be held accountable to mistakes that are career-threatening. The FA are almost as bad as UEFA in relation to bans/fines. I could easily see them giving Wenger a touchline ban if he brings up the injustice in our next press conference. It is ridiculous that the aforementioned statement is extremely viable.
One day, FIFA itself will seriously need to re-assess football and why it’s still in the stone ages in comparison to every other sport in the world.