Originally posted by jimslyp69
Perhaps he should learn when to stop talking? After the climate created between the PFRA and the FA following Mr Cole's professional behaviour on Wednesday, you would have thought that Mascherano would have foreseen his own sending off, especialy considering that he was already on a yellow. Not very bright.
If someone lacks the ability to see how such act ...[text shortened]... etter about themselves, then everything else kind of goes out the window. Not a team player.
I thought Andy Gray was totally wrong in his very vocal opinion.
He contended that Torres shouldn't have been booked, and that by booking Mascherano, you are removing the passion from the game.
A) Nobody likes players asking for others to be booked.
An FA directive was made at the start of the season that any player asking for another to be booked would be booked. Torres got his free kick, he pointed out other places he had been fouled and presumably asked for somebody to be booked. He then got booked, rightly so.
B) Nobody likes players running from miles away to mob around the referee ala Chelsea the other night (and most games) and United years ago involving D'Urso (I think).
The only way to stop mobs of players from rushing over and surrounding the ref is to book individuals from running 50 yards to remonstrate with the ref. Remember a mob is made up of individuals.
Also, to put the incident into context, Keith Hackett apparently adminoshined Bennet for not getting involved in the Ashley Cole incident . Also, the FA chairman called for more respect for refs yesterday, after they invested a lot of money recently in trying to get more respect in the game at grass roots.
Given all that and remembering that Masch had already effed at the ref on a number of occasions, as soon as he sprinted 40 yards and wrestled past Alsonso, who had more sense, to talk to the ref, there was only going to be one outcome.