Blackburn Rovers - Where Do You Draw The Line?
UK time is: 06:47:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Where Do You Draw The Line?

Wednesday evening would once again see scenes that have no place in football. Ben Thatcher's appalling challenge on Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes would once again raise the question where do you draw the line?

Nobody can condone the actions of Ben Thatcher, a former Welsh International under Rovers boss Mark Hughes, and although some Rovers players are not adverse to such controversies (we know who I am talking about) these kinds of events have no place on a football field and should be dealt with in the harshest manner. Rovers Captain Andy Todd himself gave Andy Johnson a look and appeared to put himself in an awkward position as he luckily avoided giving away a penalty.

It is all very well hitting Thatcher with a heavy fine, and maybe even a lengthily suspension, but lets face it he earns more in a week than most of us the common football fan do in a year, so money shouldn`t be a problem. Should you or I perform such a disgraceful act on a Sunday League ground, or anywhere in public life for that matter we would be up on an assault charge! Footballers, Ben Thatcher, Rovers' own, anyone needs to know that they are not above the law. It would be highly unlikely that Mendes would even press charges as his doing so would open a whole new can of worms and leave him the target of mass abuse even though he is in the right.

Although I am of the opinion that people do not imitate the actions of those they see on TV or film without having it within themselves to do so before hand anyway, these stars are role models, and such actions will be looked upon as "acceptable" if people continue to get away with these flailing elbows or wild career threatening two footed lunges.

Only Ben Thatcher will honestly know if he had the intention of taking out Pedro Mendes or not, even though the cameras which pick up everything from every angle nowadays, missing little or nothing very much suggest that he did.

It is such incidents like this that will ruin football. The game is a physical sport, but if events like this, and the two footed diving, no attempt to win the ball tackles continue then it will no longer be a physical sport and it will lose its appeal. Many of the genuine tackles are being outlawed due to such things, and should the other events that have no place on the field continue then the game will basically revert to a "tag" form of sport.

I have nothing personal against Manchester City, or Ben Thatcher himself (he is quoted as being one of the nicest guys off the field you could meet) but all true football fans will know he has to be punished severely; footballing superstars are not above the law. Will it need a footballer to be left in a critical state before action is taken, how far can too far go?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 24 2006

Time: 1:59PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
As a City fan I was absolutely appalled at what i saw as it happened right in front of where I was sitting, I think the least he should get is a 6 month ban AND a hefty fine, foot ball can certainly do without this kind of play and I for one would not care if he never wore a City shirt again.
alphieblues
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 14:04:00

can i see the tackle anywhere on the net?
disconips
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 14:50:00

disconips, I got it on skysportsnews this morning, if I am clever enough to do it I will post on yotube or something and let you know, but I am not clever!!
wakey
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 15:12:00

Good article, As a Pompey fan i may not have the most unbiased view but i think if it was the other way around and a Pompey player had commited that foul i would want them punished for it.
Steve C
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 15:18:00

You can see the video here disconips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv7fSBww184
Steve C
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 15:36:00

The rule that once the ref has 'dealt' with it is laughable. However long Mendes is unavailable for Pompey, Thatcher should be out for too, at least. Personally he should be banned for a 6 match minimum.
storagematt
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 17:20:00

link to video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStLB8YQmtY
wakey
Report Abuse
24/08/2006 18:47:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Striker Linked With Bournemouth (Sunday May 24 2015)

Scotland Omit Rovers Duo (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Where Does The Time Go!! (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Retained List Confirmed (Saturday May 16 2015)

Pre-Season Plans Revealed (Saturday May 16 2015)

Robbo Returning To Leeds?? (Tuesday May 12 2015)

Dunn And Dusted (Tuesday May 12 2015)

Archived Blackburn Rovers Articles

List All Vital Blackburn Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Walker 11
2. rover50 6
3. rovers2011 5
4. dallydally 5
5. Sasman! 2
6. roverjoy 2
7. marshinrover 1
8. Adrian Daykin 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Ipswich 46 22 12 12 18 78
7. Wolves 46 22 12 12 14 78
8. Derby County 46 21 14 11 29 77
9. Blackburn 46 17 16 13 7 67
10. Birmingham 46 16 15 15 -10 63
11. Cardiff 46 16 14 16 -4 62
12. Charlton 46 14 18 14 -6 60

Breaking League News

Birmingham Winger In Wales Squad
Birmingham : 26/05/2015 20:35:01
LUFC Rosler set to make first appointment
Leeds Utd : 26/05/2015 19:46:00
Howe: I am delighted to have signed Boruc
Bournemouth : 26/05/2015 19:44:00
Potential Signings- Goalkeepers
Reading : 26/05/2015 19:43:00
Federici set for Cherries medical?
Bournemouth : 26/05/2015 19:28:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Ipswich MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Raya Martin 9%
Henley 0%
Lenihan 35%
Spurr 0%
Olsson 0%
Williamson 0%
Dunn 23%
Conway 29%
Evans 0%
Rhodes 2%
Gestede 0%
Sub - King 0%
Sub - Marshall 2%