Although the appeal wasn’t successful, I would just like to express how unjust it is that Chico Flores has got away with clear cheating without any punishment himself.
Whilst I can understand why Howard Webb did decide to show Carroll a red card – his decision no doubt influenced by Flores’ face grabbing – I cannot understand why, after reviewing the challenge, no action has been taken against Chico. The flailing arm of Carroll clearly brushed against his hair, but he went down as if he had been shot!
Surely we should be trying to make a stand against cheating as well as poor challenges? Even now-ex Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said he was not convinced it should have been a sending off, and David Moyes has also recently spoken out against prolific divers in his team. Come on, even Hammers hater Neil Warnock has spoken in our defence!
For me, it’s just as important to stamp cheating out of the game, and Chico Flores should also have received a ban for his role in the sending off. With him tweeting about the incident as well, he was clearly trying to incense Hammers fans. He said that fans should ‘be more preoccupied with the ugly way their team play football: always making very long passes and never quick short passing’, as well as laughing about the fact that Swansea are currently 2 points above us in the league.
In my opinion, all players who cheat in a game should face bans – it would soon stamp it out of football and make games a lot more enjoyable to watch. What do you think – should cheaters face retrospective action for their roles in matches? Let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me at @alwaysintune.