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Thanks Arsene

By Alan Kirwin :  06/03/2009 :  Comments (0) :
Firstly I suggest all those who (on ToffeeWeb) were nonplused about Nolan's tackle on Anichebe, or viewed it as just an unfortunate consequence of a contact sport, or who thought it was no worse than Phil Neville's ball-winning tackle on Ronaldo, look at this...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/7927649.stm

Now clearly Arsene Wenger may not know as much about football as some of TW's contributors, but I suspect a man who has won trophies galore and re-built a club the way he has knows more than most.

I said on TW that Nolan's tackle was the worst I have seen for more years than I can even remember. Some contributors vehemently disagreed. I think they're living in the 1930s. I am stunned that the FA has not done something about Nolan's tackle because it was disgusting. I am saddened that Moyes was so forgiving about such a malicious & intentional assault.

But I am heartened that someone with the stature of Wenger has not only spoken out against such assaults (they are not really tackles are they), but was seemingly prompted to do so by Nolan in particular.

What Nolan did has nothing to do with football. Those of you who think otherwise are not only misguided but are clearly motivated by different ethics and standards of sporting behaviour than me, or Wenger.

For the avoidance of doubt, what Nolan did was an assault. He should have been banned until Anichebe was fit. To do otherwise is to piss in the face of justice.

Thanks Arsene.

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