Ferguson: Everyone Will Appeal Now Kompany's Red Has Been Rescinded
Herbert, Ian, The Independent (London, England)
United manager says ruling on City defender will 'open the door' to numerous challenges
Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, believes that the Football Association's decision to rescind the red card issued to Manchester City's Vincent Kompany at Arsenal last weekend is a flawed one that could open the floodgates to more appeals.
The potential for clubs to successfully challenge sendings off - a practice which was once virtually unknown - changed this summer when, after consultation with the clubs, the FA decided that for an appeal to be won, the error demonstrated must be "obvious" rather than "serious and obvious". But Ferguson feels that the high- profile nature of the Kompany decision will have an effect. "Anything I say about the situation will be regarded about bias so I'm not going to bother with it. It does open the door of course but that's their [the FA's] problem," he said. "I think that [appeals from everyone] are bound to happen now. But they will probably turn them all down now! I'm not going to go into it [any further]. Anything I say will be regarded as bias towards our immediate opponents or friendly neighbours."
City's manager Roberto Mancini has told Kompany to alter the way he tackles after his third red card in two seasons - two of them for challenges - was overturned. Kompany has been indignant about the legitimacy of his tackling, which briefly became a source of controversy when Ferguson said after the player's dismissal for a challenge on Luis Nani in last season's FA Cup third round that he was a serial offender. Privately, that comment infuriated Mancini.
Some Kompany tackles can lack control, as his feet leave the ground, even though they are made without malice. Mancini, who has Sergio Aguero and Jack Rodwell back in his squad for today's home match with Fulham, said the Belgian must "pay more attention" to his tackling. "Sometimes when a defender is under pressure he can do bad tackles but I think he needs to pay more attention. We can have a problem if we have another situation like this. …
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Publication information: Article title: Ferguson: Everyone Will Appeal Now Kompany's Red Has Been Rescinded. Contributors: Herbert, Ian - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 19, 2013. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.