It was as if Stoke City had studied the disgraceful tactics of Birmingham City and seen them as a blueprint rather than a dire warning.
And in one way they were right. After all, if you can cut out a player totally for a year or maybe more, and just risk a 3 match ban – well, why not? It is a simple tactic. Share it around between the other disgraceful anti-football clubs and they can all help each other. Take out the footballing club, return football to the thugs.
Diaby, Eduardo, Ramsey… how much longer do we have to take this?
The answer is, as long as the EPL and UEFA rule the way football is run in Europe. No matter how evil the attack on a talented player the worst you get is three games out.
All we have to do is look at what Birmingham did. They took the three games out for their player, refused even a simpering apology, and then brought him back into football continuing their evil approach.
What made it so much worse was the referee. It wasn’t that he was the only bent ref we have seen, but that he was so naff at being bent, just shrugging off blatant penalties and fouls throughout the game.
Sky were part of it too. Expressing surprise when the evil maniac who carried out the attack was sent off. “And its a red…” they screeched as if it could have been something else. They might have said, “And all he will get is three matches out, while Arsenal once again lose a player for a season.”
Stoke should be removed from football – as should Birmingham have been. The owners and players who have conspired to act in this way should be removed from football.
Football should be a game in which players with skill can celebrate their skill and revel in their ability. We should appreciate that skill no matter what.
What Stoke do, what Birmingham did, is not football, any more than the hopeless rotational fouling of so many lower clubs is not football.
But meanwhile all the EPL do is remove corrupt Portsmouth from the EPL while leaving the courts to work out what to do with the Redknapp and his ex-pals.
Football could be great again, but not with the owners, players and supporters of Stoke around who cheered and cheered while Ramsey was taken away.
Stoke City FC, its players and supporters are an utter disgrace.
(c) Tony Attwood 2010.