Originally Posted by The Arseache Kid
Evra claimed the "10 times" thing was a French saying. Comolli was asked about it and said it was a saying but certainly wasn't something you would use in such a serious situation. They decided to ignore Comolli's opinion on it. That's the kind of example of the panel consistantly favouring Evra at every turn.
I won't deny that if this had happened to Everton I would have given any sort of fuck about it and wouldn't have bothered my arse reading it. So I don't really mind when opposition fans side with the panel because I doubt I would have done much different. However, most people will have got their opinion from the papers and despite the fact that the report was released on New Years eve at about five o'clock the next day the papers acted like they had read the whole of the 115 page report and deemed the FA were right. Did they fuck read all that in that time and write articles about it. Nobody questioned any of the panels inconsistancies and just went with the final outcome because it was what they wanted, they got to stick the boot into a foreigner and Blatter about racism. It was a wet dream for most of them. There is a good article on this I read which I'll try to find.
So its a fact that its a phrase, but its an opinion that you'd use it in that situation? It's easy to see why they wouldn't take all of that into account.
Look, Suarez admitted calling Evra 'negro', and it was obviously in an insulting manner. John Terry admitted calling Ferdinand 'black' and it was obviously in an insulting manner. Both got banned for a number of games relating to the frequency the panel found offenses were done. There's no xenophobia. He fucked up, he even said after he knew what he did but Evra should have kept it on the pitch, and he got punished. Argue all the semantics but thats what is boils down to, for me.
Rooney is getting worse at penalties I'm sure. Would have been ideal if he buried it and keep RVP rested.