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Similar Crimes Different Punishments

It is a debate that has rumbled on for a long time, and I know it will be seen as digging up the past and maybe even not moving on but something has been bugging me ALL week!!!

This thing that has been bugging me is not only the fact that David Bentley was omitted from the Senior England Squad last week, but the fact that if he was omitted for the reasons he was supposed to have been, how come England see fit to recall Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor at Under-21 level?

The fact that Bentley pulled out so near to the European Under-21 Championships in the way that he did has seen him branded with all manor of names. However, Agbonlahor, if people remember ALSO missed the Championships. I can't remember the full details but I seem to remember that Agbonlahor could not be contacted by anyone at the FA, as he had gone away. Martin O'Neil later took the blame, but MANY people believed that this had been a subtle ploy to get him out of playing in that summer's tournament.

The reasoning behind each missing the European Under-21 Championships, and the timing of them doing so does differ but they are similar. However, it appears to be one rule for one (Agbonlahor), and one for another (Bentley) in terms of punishment of the players. Basically, as has been suggested Bents WOULD have been better off faking an injury or doing as Agbonlahor had, gone away and forgotten his phone!

If Steve McClaren has genuinely left Bentley out of the current squad as punishment for his late withdrawal (although personally I see this as a convenient coincidence) then fair enough. However, even if that is the case McClaren had still cut off his nose to spite his face!!! Why had Agbonlahor not been punished in a similar way for the Under-21's, surely the same rules must apply to both, even if the circumstances of both missing the Championships were slightly different, with Bents' very late withdrawal leaving England a man light.

People will say this is paranoid ramblings of a conspiracy theorist, but we all know Rovers get a VERY raw deal at the best of times don't we guys so you can't help but think we are being cut another bum deal here (or maybe I am the lone paranoid conspiracy theorist here!!!)


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 22 2007

Time: 11:34AM

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I don't really have a lot to add to what I've said above, but I must say I have NOTHING against Agbonlahor as I think he is an awesome footballer.
Yeah, I know MANY will not agree and I will be branded exactly as I said a paranoid conspiracy theorist, maybe I am but it's been getting on my nerves this past week so I decided to put my thoughts into writing.
Hughes Da Man
Its a fair point to make i think HDM... ill back you on this but expect people to disagree.
MikeyGamst
Too true mate. This is something that has annoyed me and I have constantly used in debates defending Bents. Good article man. Like you I have nothing against Gabby as i rate him highly but he has got off scot free. If was picked in the first place, oops like he was, then this whole Bents thing wouldn't have happened. People forget Bents was called up last minute because of Gabby's unavailability!
roversman
I think if it was gabby and him being called up to the full squad this time round, then it may of been different. BUt Bents is being punished for being honest... what a funny world!!!
MikeyGamst
Phew, I'm glad I have some people backing me lol!
As soon as I added it I though *****, what have I done, but then I soon thought why worry as it is something I believe, and something that has been annoying me for a while, so I've got it off my chest.
Hughes Da Man
talking of similar incidents.. different punishments. What about Rob Styles getting suspended whereas the ref in the rovers V fulham game got off scot free after the most ridiculous goal of the year.. ditto other scandalous decisions in other premiership games not just rovers. It really annoys me.
Bents4eng
wasnt that Rovers v West Ham??
MikeyGamst
that's what i meant! :D
Bents4eng
Igor and his Master raise their heads once again (Cannot remember the ref, but Jim Devine was the "assistant" he can assist off in future tho!)
BomBom
forgot about igor BomBom... classic stuff!!!!
MikeyGamst
I will NEVER forget about that, I litterally wet myself when BomBom first came up with the idea!!!
Hughes Da Man
 

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