We’ve noticed before that on the Premier League telecasts they seem to look for bad fouls that were not given and keep showing the video again and again.
Yohan Cabaye – Pardew defends his player
That happened in the Manchester City vs Tottenham game, and it ended up with Balotelli getting a four match ban, but long before that game was over the two commentators had Mario out for four games – and they had shown the incident 205 times.
And almost the same thing happened in our game on Saturday afternoon, when Yohan Cabaye clashed with El-Abd of Brighton – but in that case they couldn’t find too much wrong with the challenge – at least that’s the commentary we had over here in the US.
We put an article out last night on this – and took it very lightly – but it seems to be getting a lot of attention today.
Surely Yohan Cabaye will not be punished for the clash, and El-Abd had a cut lip but it looked a little scratch at best.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has come out and said he is disappointed with the telecast’s concentration on the incident, and has defended the French International:
“I thought it was unfair.” “The guy was coming towards him and he was trying to keep him away.” “There’s no malice in that.”
“I’m disappointed that the TV highlight that, I really am.” “Yohan is not that type of person. Perhaps there wasn’t enough incidents in the game and they wanted to try to find something.”
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s done nothing wrong.”
It would be ironic if Cabaye is banned for three games – which would be tragic for the Newcastle team – after he was stretchered off during the recent 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, after what looked like a terrible tackle by Shaun Derry, who received only a yellow card for the challenge.
We just have to hope that no new news comes out about this incident – but it’s looking like the game of football is changing and becoming more like a no-contact sport these days.
If only referees were more clear on which tackles are allowed and which aren’t these days – we’d all be a lot better off – including the players.