BAYING FOR BLOOD
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