The Sun is reporting that Referees Union Prospect are unhappy that John Obi Mikel escaped with only a 3 match ban and a £60k fine. According to The Sun, a spokesman for the Union said:
“It is vital that officials were given real respect and this decision regrettably gave entirely the wrong message’ A player in parks football found guilty of behaviour like Mikel’s would have faced a long ban.”
This brings us to the matter at hand, are we looking at 2 different games here. The Union argue that a player at local level would be banned for a longer period than 3 games. In the article by The Sun they state The FA believed that Mikel genuinely thought he had been racially abused by Mark Clattenburg and that is why he escaped further suspension.
But this may now open a new door where players start blaming others for their behaviour. But the matter of fact is that Mikel didn’t hear, nor see any racist abuse come from Mr Clattenburg yet still went and made threatening remarks to him.
This is unacceptable in my eyes, you can’t go around threatening people on the back of someone telling you something. Would the same story hold up in an open court? Of course it wouldn’t. Case dismissed and where are the damages?
Then there is Ramires, the man who could be said to have caused this. He was the one who told Mikel that Clattenburg had racially abused him which lead to Clattenbrg missing 4 games, facing an inquiry and tarnishing one of the best referees in England’s career and yet he faces no sanction, no punishment and gets away with no suspension or fine.
The question that then plagues everyone is what makes a “professional player” any different from me or you who play or played locally. If a player does this at a local level then it is likely he will receive a lengthy ban and fine or even a Sine Die banning him from all football for an unspecified period of time.
Surely this sets a bad precedent for all those who play football and a ban should fit the crime which in Mikel’s defence he genuinely thought he had been racially abused but both him and Ramires should have faced longer bans.