Liverpool boss Kenny Daglish’s gripe at the FA appealing over Wayne Rooney’s three match ban for Euro 2012 may seem like an unnecessary dig at the United striker.
Looking closely though Daglish actually does make a valid point regarding the FA and their penchant for taking the moral high ground when it suits them and not when it doesn’t. Wayne Rooney has been one of the biggest victims of the FAs double standards in recent years and a prime example of how the Chelsea and City fans at Lancaster Gate play by their own set of rules.
Last season we saw Rooney banned for two games for swearing during United’s win at Upton Park, yet he faced no censure for a similar tirade whilst playing for England during the World Cup.
Daglish stated, following the FAs successful appeal of Rooney’s three match Euro ban:
‘I find it a bit strange the FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban.
‘I don’t think that’s a good example to set.
To be fair to Daglish and it pains me to agree with the Liverpool boss, I think he’s bang on the money – at least on this occasion.
The FA dish out bans left right and centre whenever they see fit, with an appeal just as likely to incur an increase as it is a shortening of the games a player will miss. Yet becuase they know England need Rooney, they’re more than willing to appeal his ban, despite discouraging clubs from doing the same.
Daglish also commented on the Luis Suarez racism charge:
‘The fact it has taken nine weeks to get a decision on one of the other charges is a bit of a joke as well,’ added Dalglish.
‘I don’t think that has helped as well. The circus which is around about him has been caused mainly by that.
‘That will be done sooner rather than later and we will move forward.’
Amazingly I find myself agreeing with the Liverpool boss again- although arguably for different reasons.
Why the FA need so long to gather evidence and hold a hearing for Suarez is beyond me, but again it seems English football governing body make up the rules and the times it takes to enforce them as they go along.
I’ve never fully trusted the FA, I feel there’s far too much partisanship and politics involved in an organisation that’s supposed to be totally objective. Although Daglish and I may have differing reasons for not being fond of the way the FA have dealt with certain issues, we do agree on their faults.