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Suarez-Evra hostilities continue!!! What will the FA do now!!!

It' seems that the suspension that the Football Association (the FA) levied against Liverpool's striker Luis Suarez did not have the desired effect and the Suarez-Evra hostilities burst into the open once again last week.  Recall that in December 2011, the Football Association suspended Suarez for eight games and fined him £40,000 for allegedly hurling racist insults at Manchester United's defender Patrice Evra. At the time, the FA's statement said that:

 

"Mr. Suarez used insulting words towards Mr. Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1); The insulting words used by Mr. Suarez included a reference to Mr. Evra's colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2); Mr. Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of £40,000."

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The FA stripped John Terry of captaincy over racism allegations!

On February 3, 2012, the FA issued a statement "confirm[ing] that [John Terry] will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved." It further stated that "[t]his decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament." Was it the right decision? Well, before you answer this question, consider the following:

 

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Handling, or not, that is the question: Did Dowd and Webb get it right?

Referee decisions involving the offense known as "handling the ball" almost always stir controversy. Those that result in penalty kicks are guaranteed to be hotly debated. In two recent games, Liverpool v. Manchester City and Everton v. Fullham, both Phil Dowd and Howard Webb awarded penalty kicks for handling offenses committed by Manchester City and Everton players, respectively. Did they get it right? After all, just because the contact is made between the ball and the player's hand or arm does not automatically mean that the handling occurred. Rather, the Laws of the Game state that the handling offense is committed only if a player "handles the ball deliberately." So let's take a deeper and more exacting look into what referees must consider when making decisions whether the offense occurred.

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Did Vincent Kompany deserve to be dismissed???

We have no idea how Mancini could think that the appeal would be successful. After all, the FA requires that to be successful on a claim of Wrongful Dismissal, the Club must show that the referee "has made a serious and obvious error." Here, as we explain in more details below, the case for Wrongful Dismissal was not even close. The dismissal was required.

 

Indeed, Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct, expressly states that a player must be sent off if his offense rises to "serious foul play." According to the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees issued by IFAB, a player is guilty of serious foul play if "he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponentâ€." Thus, "any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play." According to FIFA's guidance, "using excessive force means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring an opponent." FIFA rules require that a player who uses excessive force be sent off or shown red card.

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