BAY­ING FOR BLOOD

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES - HENRY WIN­TER

MANCH­ESTER CITY sup­port­ers have con­tacted the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA), de­mand­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Manch­ester United’s Jonny Evans was guilty of vi­o­lent con­duct af­ter al­le­ga­tions that he raised his boot into Di­dier Drogba’s chest at Chelsea on Sun­day.

Fans of­ten send the FA switch­board into melt­down on Mon­days, try­ing to land their ri­vals in trou­ble, but this is dif­fer­ent. The com­plaint forms part of an or­ches­trated cam­paign called FA Watch, launched in the wake of the FA pun­ish­ing Em­manuel Ade­bayor for his stamp on Robin van Per­sie.

Or­gan­is­ers have set up a web­site, are mon­i­tor­ing all matches and invit­ing fans from other clubs to join them, though Stret­ford En­ders prob­a­bly will not rush to sign up.

In their mis­sive to the FA, City fans spell out their de­sire for “the laws of the game to be ap­plied in an even-handed and con­sis­tent man­ner and to see whether you in­tend to in­ter­vene in other cases of vi­o­lent con­duct that may not have been seen by of­fi­cials’’.

The ref­eree at the Bridge, Martin Atkin­son, be­lieved Evans had been fouled by Drogba and awarded Man United a free-kick.

“Given that the ref­eree booked Drogba, it is pos­si­ble he did not see the full ex­tent of the in­ci­dent,’’ added Mark Tip­ton, the founder of FA Watch and a self-pro­claimed Manch­ester City sup­porter.

“Had he seen the in­ci­dent, one would nor­mally ex­pect a red card to have been is­sued by Mr Atkin­son.

“As it would seem he did not clearly see the in­ci­dent from the an­gle he was com­ing from, one would nor mally ex­pect the FA to fol­low the mat­ter up.’’

Poor FA – if it’s not the United man­ager lec­tur­ing them, then it’s the City fans. – The Tele­graph said. “I didn't sleep well. I kept wak­ing up, but I fi­nally got there and loved it all. Just to get out there and play foot­ball again means a lot.” – The Tele­graph

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