The Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli will not face any retrospective action over his malicious, knee high tackle on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.
During the game his studs-up challenge on the midfielder went unpunished by the referee Martin Atkinson. But the FA said it would not sanction the forward, who was later sent off during the game.
“Where at least one of the officials has seen the coming together of players retrospective action is not taken, regardless of whether they have seen the full extent of the challenge,” the FA said on Tuesday. ”Retrospective action can only be taken in scenarios where none of the match officials saw the players coming together. The normal scenarios in which retrospective action is taken are for ‘off the ball’ incidents.”
The FA says retrospective action was introduced for off-the-ball incidents where there was no contest for possession and could not be deemed to be re-refereeing an incident.
Pardon my French, but this is bureaucratic bullshit. This was no contest for the ball. This was a tackle that was meant to hurt. Like Martin Taylor’s tackle on Eduardo or Balotelli’s stomp on Scott Parker .
Everybody saw the crime being committed but the perpetrator walks free because of a technicality?! And what if “Super Mario” would have broken Song’s knee? Would the FA not punish “Balo” for that horrible tackle?
This is an example of an impotent justice system that gives a convicted felon another chance to commit another crime. And why? Because of paper pushing bureaucrats.
So, next time someone like Balotteli breaks a colleague’s leg because of a rush of blood to the head – don’t blame him. Blame the FA Jokers.