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Should Chris Morgan have been charged with violent conduct for his 'punch' on Robin van Persie?

Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, following this incident involving Robin van Persie during the 1-0 win against Arsenal on Saturday. Morgan appears to strike the Arsenal forward, out of sight of referee Alan Wiley. He has until 6pm this Thursday to respond; a disciplinary commission will consider the case on Friday.

What do you think – is this really 'violent conduct'? Morgan was certainly out of order, but Van Persie appears to have made the most of it.

January 4, 2007 in Arsenal, News balls, Sheffield United | Permalink

Comments

Should get a slap on his wrist and a yellow card for cynical behavior. RVP should get a warning for over-simulation.

But there's no common sense in football, is there?

Posted by: Ahmed Bilal | Jan 4, 2007 9:20:51 AM

No - common sense in short supply. Thanks for your comment Ahmed

Posted by: Ollie, Pies Ed. | Jan 4, 2007 9:26:58 AM

RVP should get a six month ban for trying to get a fellow professional sent off. Chris Morgan should get a medal for looking like Kevin Pieterson.

A comparison would be a plumber sabotaging his rival's tool box, it's just not on.

Posted by: Sheps | Jan 4, 2007 1:37:05 PM

Well, it's pretty clear that Morgan INTENDED to hurt RVP, even if he hits like a girl.

Yes, RVP made a meal of it. But it's not simulation because he really did get hit. Did it hurt him? Probably not. But let's focus on punishing simulators before we go after OVERsimulators.

Posted by: Jungle Pop | Jan 4, 2007 2:48:13 PM

Absolutely. Chris Morgan deserved to be charged.

Remember, we're not talking about a late tackle here or a tug on the shirt whilst going for the ball. This was a cheap shot, sucker-punch to another player's gut. And while it may not look like much, consider his intent. If a man fires a gun and you and misses, he still gets charged. Morgan meant to hurt van Persie with a punch that clearly violates the rules.

This act was cheap, it was dirty, it was unsportsmanlike, and it has no place in football. The FA handed out a suspension to Wigan's Lee McCulloch when Morgan was on the receiving end of his punch during their match. Certainly, the Morgan-van Persie incident deserves the same review and punishment.

Finally, if you've ever been punched in the stomach without warning, it hurts like hell. So while it looks like Morgan didn't get the force of blow he hoped, I wasn't the one punched, so I'm not going to judge van Persie on whether it hurt or not.

Posted by: Mark Barbeau | Jan 4, 2007 4:54:09 PM

that's not a punch! at best it's a light slap, at worst he's just bringing his arm back towards him and van persie happens to be in the way.

Posted by: Sheps | Jan 4, 2007 5:34:54 PM

Sheps, I don't think that the force of the punch counts as much as the obvious intent.

Posted by: Ollie, Pies Ed. | Jan 4, 2007 7:00:28 PM

The slo-mo clip doesn't do RVP any favours. If you could see it at full speed you'd see it clearly was a punch and fully deserves the 3 match ban Morgan's just been handed.

Posted by: Lew | Jan 4, 2007 9:22:24 PM

If you can't go back and punish divers than why can you go back and punish this?

I think you do have to ban him though. I believe Roy Keane was sent off for swinging and missing Alan Shearer so their is a precedent.

On a larger level though, tts crap that technology is used to expose this sort of thing but NOT diving and NOT penalties and NOT goal line decisions. Its the overall "whitebooting" of the sport that seems to be going on of late, crap world cups like the one we just sat through is the end product of this sort of thing.

Posted by: joe | Jan 4, 2007 10:31:30 PM

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