If the FA aren’t going to charge Davinson Sanchez, then they must demote Anthony Taylor.
It was the most expected news of the weekend. The FA confirmed on Monday that they will not charge Davinson Sanchez for kicking out at Laurent Koscielny.
Their reason? Because the officials ‘saw it’.
So they saw it and decided it wasn’t worth taking action over at the time?
How can that be a valid excuse for doing nothing now – ‘the officials saw the incident but were too incompetent to know what to do, but we can’t do anything because their eyes fell upon it.’
It’s a total joke. It has always been a joke and it never fails to wind me up when it happens.
Because it happens a lot and it doesn’t have to be this way. There is no FIFA mandate that dictates yellows can’t be revisited or incidents seen by officials can’t be dealt with again. This is an FA decision.
But will Anthony Taylor face any punishment for his collection of f**k-ups from Saturday?
Will he suffer because he issued a red to Lucas Torriera but not to Danny Rose for his ‘challenge’ on Bernd Leno?
Will he be held to account for giving a penalty when he should have given offside?
I’ll even be generous here and ask will he be censured for buying Auba’s Sonesque fall?
What about the other yellow he should have given to Danny Rose for his blatant dive early in the match?
These weren’t just small mistakes, they were game-changing decisions that altered the final result of the match and where the points ended up.
At the end of the season, those two points could be the difference between Champions League and Europa League, yet we all know the only person to suffer any sort of consequences for his actions will be Lucas Torreira who is now banned for the game against Manchester United.
Taylor and his gang will be back on the big stage this weekend, in charge of another tie no doubt on TV.
Harry Kane will continue to play despite his headbutt. Danny Rose will take to the pitch despite his studs-up challenge. Davinson Sanchez will play on despite his stamp. Heck, even Mauricio Pochettino is still on the sidelines despite admitting an FA charge before the Arsenal game.
It’s almost like there’s a completely different set of rules for Tottenham than everyone else.