A forthnight ago, a certain Harry Kane who plays for Tottenham FC in England was involved in a controversy, the kind that would have gotten an international player(especially players of colour) an instant two match ban with all the media circus that would accompany it. That same player (Harry Kane) scored the winner in the NLD last weekend against Arsenal FC at Wembley stadium which ended TOTTENHAM 1:0 ARSENAL. The FA never found any thing remotely wrong with that blatant dive at Anfield, and its very worrying how selective they are in dispensing justice.
Below was the FA’s statement regarding Oumar Niasse’s incident at Crystal Palace last November:
“Everton’s Oumar Niasse has been charged for ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ following the game against Crystal Palace on 18 November 2017. It is alleged he committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the 5th minute of the game. Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
(There were five reasons on which their verdict was based):
1. Is there contact between the players involved? Simulation is more likely in cases where a player attempts to deceive the referee when no contact occurred between the palyers.
2. Is there fair/normal contact between the players, resulting in no offence being committed?
3. Is a player legitimately avoiding contact with his opponent to prevent injury?
4. Has the player initiated the contact between his opponent and himself in order to deceive the referee.
5. Does the player exaggerate the effect of a normal contact challenge in order to deceive the referee?
FA’s conclusion: “The Commission unanimously agree that the nature of the contact made by Scott Dan was minimal in nature and would not have thrown Mr Niasse off balance and knock him down in the way that Mr Niasse portrayed it to have done.”
Now we at Fair Play Gooner have now waited two weeks to see if the FA would display such keen interest and carry out the same astute analysis of that Anfield incident, when Harry Kane threw himslef to the ground while Karius had not even made contact with him, and guess what; none is forth coming. I, especially, was left flabbagasted about how the media spinned the incident about Kane being onside or offside, while mostly agreeing that there was a clear contact (even when we all know there wasn’t).
Makes me wonder, is there a conspiracy going on? Does the premier league indeed doctor what the media and sports newspapers in the country say and write? Why would almost all the important papers tow the same line in a given argument? Licensing? Broadcast right? Mafia?
The enthusiasm of the average football fan is waning at an alarming rate, as its very disheartening knowing that the game is no more fair, but certain people are favoured and others are totally undone. At this rate, football will not have such ardent followers and club fans as it saw in this generation. The younger generation are not being inspired because of the blatant favouritism being perpetuated from the very top.
Sadly, some players are “more equal” than others, especially the ones who don the English national team colours. Others are trampled upon and are spotlighted (given the same circumstances, as seen with Niasse), especially if they are foreign internationals and people of colour mostly. Its sad.