Opinion: If Ricky van Wolfswinkel had kicked Yaya Touré, the FA would have shown its big club bias and punished the Norwich City striker

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is angry with Yaya Touré of Man City after the pair clashed during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is angry with Yaya Touré of Man City after the pair clashed during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
11:09 AM

The Football Association has once again shown its bias towards the big clubs of the Premier League by letting off Manchester City’s Yaya Touré for a kick on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

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If it had been the other way round and the Canaries striker had kicked Touré, what are the chances that van Wolfswinkel would have been cited retrospectively by the FA?

We all know the answer to that – Ricky would have been cited, just as Craig Bellamy was for Cardiff yesterday.

The FA has brought in a new system this season which sees three former referees sit as a panel to decide if retrospective action needs to be taken, if a referee has missed an incident in a match.

That panel has to agree unanimously for a player to be cited, which it did not for Touré’s kick yesterday, although it did for a similar incident with Bellamy.

Neither incident was especially vicious, but both were pretty stupid.

There was no reason for a frustrated Touré to petulantly kick van Wolfswinkel in the back as Manchester City were held 0-0 by a whole-hearted Norwich performance at Carrow Road on Saturday. But he did.

There was no need for van Wolfswinkel to chuck himself around on the pitch like a dying swan either.

Equally, a frustrated Bellamy should not have half-heartedly hit Swansea’s Jonathan de Guzman in the back of the head as bottom-of-the-table Cardiff crashed to a 3-0 derby defeat at home. But he did.

How can the two be judged differently?

Neither player particularly hurt the player they took their frustration out on but both players did decide to stop playing football and do something they shouldn’t have.

How can Bellamy now be charged with violent conduct but not Touré?

It couldn’t be that former Barcelona man Touré, undoubtedly a brilliant player most of the time, is one of the star attractions and plays for one of the richest clubs in the world could it?

Perhaps Bellamy’s previous disciplinary problems have come back to haunt him, but the decisions just don’t seem to be equal to me.

Will this anonymous three-man panel explain themselves though? No, of course not, Cardiff just have until 6pm today to lodge an appeal.

One man who surprisingly does seem to support the FA’s decision though is van Wolfswinkel.

The £8m signing from Sporting Lisbon has changed his tune from Saturday, when he angrily charged at Toure and had to be held back by team-mate Leroy Fer.

Posting on his @RvWolfswinkel9 Twitter account, the Norwich striker wrote: “Good to see Touré not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch! What happens at Carrow Road stays at Carrow Road.

“Things happen on the pitch but we all enjoy watching him play so get on with it and enjoy the football, that’s what it’s all about.”

I agree with his sentiment, but I still feel if Touré escapes punishment, so should Bellamy.

Do you agree that the FA often shows bias towards the Premier League’s bigger clubs? Or do you agree with van Wolfswinkel that Touré should have been let off? Leave your comments below.

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Poll results: Football Association confirm Yaya Touré will not be cited for kicking Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Match report: Norwich City 0 Manchester City 0

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17 comments

  • Perhaps even Dutchmen use irony, young Freezer. It`s about time an independent commission was set up to review refereeing standards. No Blazerboys` cover up by the Sweet FA. Any suggestions as to who could head it up? I think George Galloway would be good. Or Jeremy Paxman. Or we could recall Tony Blair from his role as Peace Envoy to the Middle East, or whatever that sinecure`s called. Now there`s an honest broker. (`Honest Broker` has been shortlisted for `Oxymoron of the Year`).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • On the whole, I don't think either should have been punished really. They were pretty mild petulant gestures rather than out and out violence. The fact that one has been charged and the other not is ridiculous.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Ronnie, you're right - seeing overpaid (and that is what every Premier league player is !) footballers rolling aound like that after an opponent's boot lace flicks them is embarrasing. Rugby players get flattened all the time but just get on with the game. Snodgrass is another offender. At least RVW has said the right thing since.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Hollywood next for R.V.W.

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    Footyboy16

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Interesting that this headline hasn`t been auto-rejected as `libel` or `inaccurate`. Then, I suppose, it is only an opinion - so why does Archie block contributors` opinions on the premise of inaccuracy? Freezer may be `right`, but where`s his proof? Pure conjecture. Probably why this piece has been attributed to a junior hack rather than to Prolix Paddy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • The actions of players in these situations is generally quite pathetic, feigning injuries to gain an advantage, whilst referees seem incapable of controlling even the quiet games. Take the yellow and red cards away from referees and see how they manage to control the players when all they have to rely on is conversation. They would probably earn the respect of the players and be allowed to control matches on their own without the stupid directives they are given by the FA.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • why o why do so called highly rated footballers; roll around like babies; when tv cameras have all angles covered,it must be down to coaching.we have one or two in our own team. after all its a mans game Not for babies

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    ronnie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Had it been the other way round RVW 100% would have been punished. Said this morning in another thread that when you look at Yaya toure of Man City, Rooney of United & Torres of Chelsea all getting away with different incidents, then look at those who have been punished in Bellamy of Cardiff, Sacha Riether of Fulham and Andy carroll of WHFC its clear to see a bias whether they want to admit it or not. No different to any active ref showing bias towards the bigger teams. It exists, even if its just in there subconcious.Does it help NCFC that Toure can play against our rivals? Of course. Is it right from a 'good of the game' pov....certainly not.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Why does RVW say "Good to see Touré not getting suspended"? When RVM was rolling around like a dying swan he was trying to get Touré sent off, in which case he WOULD have been suspended for sure!!!

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • The actions of players in these situations is generally quite pathetic, feigning injuries to gain an advantage, whilst referees seem incapable of controlling even the quiet games. Take the yellow and red cards away from referees and see how they manage to control the players when all they have to rely on is conversation. They would probably earn the respect of the players and be allowed to control matches on their own without the stupid directives they are given by the FA.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • It's a bit of an embarrassment how easy we go to ground looking to stop play or pick up free kicks. I'd go as far to say that it coached into them to get set pieces. I think we need to follow other sports and have an independent review panel. Given how quickly the game is played it might help stamp out diving, shirt pulling and other unsporting play if players can be fined or banned after the game.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • It reeks a bit, like Saturday's referee, who seemed to think 'I'm reffing a top 4 club, whose players all cost £30 million, on wages of about £150,000 pw, I'd better give them the decisions'

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    pablo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • All national forums feel the headline is right. We no longer have an English game where players just get on with it. We all know there is a definite bias. Play well tonight boys. On my way now. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Much ado about nothing.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Get over it. It was a deliberate foul which the Referee and assistants didn't see. City players need to go to stage school and be more convincing or get on with the game. Snoody like Holt last season make such a poor job of their acting that fans can see from the top of the Barclay that its been greatly exaggerated so the Referee only a few yards away can see its a poor act and for the rest of the game take their antics with a pinch of salt.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Good call. Bellamy was clearly more deliberate, aimed at the head and his victim didn't make such a fuss. As for RVW, I've sustained worse injuries from pensioners' shopping trolleys in the supermarket. He might have attracted more sympathy if he hadn't cried "wolf-swinkel". Glad we sorted out the "waclor" conundrum on another board. Next problem is to train my spell-checker to write "waclor" instead of "warlord". Onwards and downwards, WacloB.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Ricky doesn't think that Toure should be let off but there's no point in him arguing a decision which won't be retracted. If he keeps thinking about the incident, angering himself further, then he'll struggle to concentrate in the game tonight. I know he has't been scoring goals, but I'd rather know his mind was on the job rather than on the fact Toure didn't get a ban, and I'm guessing that is how he's looking at it as well. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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