After the FA brought charges of violent conduct against Mike Williamson last night, there were meetings held by the club to decide whether they should appeal the charge.
Mike Williamson – in action against Fulham
The news this morning is that Mike Williamson himself thinks he has been harshly treated by the FA,. and presumably wants to appeal the charge.
Our view is that Johan Elmander completely over-reacted to the collision with Mike, and if indeed he was unconscious, as it seemed, he should never have been allowed to continue in the game – but he did and scored two goals in the second half.
It was such a great piece of acting that we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s up for the leading role in the Vikings – if that’s ever remade – and he could play the Tony Curtis (Eric) role to perfection – and he doesn’t even have a Brooklyn accent.
But seriously, it’s still not known whether the Newcastle club will go along with the appeal, because the FA seem to have all the rules on their side, (well they make them after all), and would prefer it seems, that the player quickly accept the charge and get a three match man.
If the player appeals and the appeal is thought to be frivolous, then Mike could even get a four match ban. How’s that for intimidating you to accept the charge?
A case in point is Sunderland’s Michael Turner, who appealed his dismissal against Manchester City last season, and then had his ban increased to four games, as his appeal was deemed frivolous.
Speed over justice seems to be what the FA want – but after all it is the English FA.
We should find out this morning if Newcastle are to appeal the ban, but we’d be surprised if they do.