On the NBC Sports Network broadcast yesterday of Newcastle’s game at Hull City, former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle was one of the commentators, and the 54 year-old Felling-born analyst took exception to Ahmed Elmohamady’s cheating just before the break.
Ahmed Elmohamady – punching the ball into the net with his fist
When it looked like Elmohamady had scored just before the half time whistle was blown, it seemed as though Hull had equalized, after Remy Cabella had put Newcastle ahead five minutes earlier with a beautiful goal.
And Elmohamady wheeled away to run to his head coach Steve Bruce on the touch-line in triumph – knowing all along he had just punched the ball into the goal.
But when they showed the TV replays it was clear he had punched the ball into the back of the net, and Newcastle players immediately surrounded referee Phil Dowd pointing to their hands – saying it was a hand-ball.
After is was clear the Hull City player had simply cheated by handling the ball, this is what Chris Waddle said on the telecast:
“Oh that’s shocking that’s absolutely shocking – that’s a three game ban for me – you can’t do that.” “Maradona can’t do it – sorry – that’s terrible.”
“That should be reviewed and there should be a three game ban for that.”
Steve Bruce after the game had said his player was not cheating:
“It’s a reaction, I’m not sure it’s cheating. He knows he can’t head it because it’s too high for him,” he said.
“But I have to say the officials, they got it right – which I was pleased about because even in the situation that we’re in, we don’t want to be seeing goals that are not worthy of being a goal.
“Fair play to the officials, the right decision was made.”
Steve would have a much better case for his player if he hadn’t wheeled away in triumph and ran to his coach on the sideline – and he was still arguing with the referee when he left the field at halftime.
Elmohamady received a yellow card for intentional hand-ball, but we’d be very surprised if the FA do review it – but they should because cheating needs to be cut out in the game, and it’s the same with players who dive in the box, without even being touched by an opposing player.
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