Another great example of the FA's incredibly inconsistent disciplinary system looks set to be the case of Alexander Hleb and a small slap of Graham Murty's face. If the FA look at this incident and ban Hleb for three games it will perfectly encapsulate how their disciplinary system reacts to the media and not directly to events on pitch.
How many times have we seen an Arsenal player slapped as Hleb slapped Murty with nothing happening because the media and the FA chose not to react for no good reason? A recent example was Owen Hargreaves slapping Gilberto in the face at Old Trafford, and this was after Tevez had left his studs in on Gilberto's shins. Strangely no one mentioned this on the TV, the referee did nothing at the time and Hargreaves got off Scott free. And who could forget Ruud Van Horseface's uppercut on Freddy Ljungberg that was caught on camera, the referee again did sweet FA, while the media and the FA chose to ignore the incident.
It is also rather revealing that whenever an Arsenal player is slapped in the face, that player is accused of overreacting, however when an Arsenal player does the same to an opposition player it is highlighted and seen as a definite red card. Cesc Fabregas has been slapped in the face on several occasions this season and I cannot recall a single one of his slappers being punished for their actions. This seems a tad fishy to me.
How much longer must we put up with the FA's pathetic excuse for a disciplinary system? I think it will be a while before they try to sort out their biased and haphazard system. They continue to ignore calls for integrating technology into the game , while other sports forge ahead by using technology to their advantage. Just who is in charge of the FA? Are they just incompetent or do they deliberately reist change so that they can continue to selectively enforce the rules of the game in a way that favours certain clubs?