It’s not clear to us in the confrontation between Remy and Johnson on Tuesday night when both players were sent off – and both appealed – exactly why the FA have rescinded the three match ban on Johnson – yet Loic Remy’s three match ban stands.
There’s the FA for you – probably one of the most illogical organizations in existence – but what’s new?
Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson – one gets 3 match ban – one cleared ??
This is what the FA statement released this afternoon:
“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard two claims of wrongful dismissal today both in relation to the Norwich City versus Newcastle United game on Tuesday 28 January 2014.”
“The claim involving Norwich’s Bradley Johnson was upheld meaning his three-match suspension is withdrawn. The claim involving Newcastle’s Loic Remy was dismissed therefore his three-match suspension remains with immediate effect.”
“Both players had been dismissed for violent conduct.”
The only explanation we can come up with is that maybe if Alan Pardew hadn’t made those comments after the game, the FA could have let both players off.
But it was always going to be almost impossible to get Remy off, after the Newcastle manager basically said referee Chris Foy had little choice but to send the players off, and then added that Newcastle would not be appealing Remy’s red card.
With that statement from the Newcastle manager how could the FA then rescind Remy’s red card – which they do only in a very small number of cases – when the manager basically agrees with the decision.
And we’re not blaming Alan – what he said was probably correct.
But it defies logic how the FA could have found Johnson essentially innocent, while keeping the three match ban on Remy - it would have been more logical and sensible to have turned down both appeals.
Or if they let Johnson off they should have reduced Remy’s ban to only one or two games – to balance things out a bit.
But that’s the FA for you – they’ve never been too logical about the decisions they make – at the best of times.
Remy’s absence is now going to cost us some points, because we’re not sure where the goals are coming from.
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