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The Good and the Bad for Ryan Shawcross

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Ryan Shawcross has been news for the right and wrong reasons today.

Following the horror injury on Aaron Ramsey, the England 24 man squad was announced with the inclusion of Shawcross.

Obviously all of football wishes Aaron Ramsey well, and in the case of Eduardo, it will be a great day when we see Ramsey back playing on the pitch. In the mean time however, there is more than a good chance of a media onslaught against Shawcross.

The injury has eerily echoed the injury suffered by Eduardo after a mis-timed challenge from Martin Taylor. Following the match, Arsene Wenger called for Taylor to be banned from football, which he later retracted, and the press both in this country and abroad stuck the boot into Taylor through the written work. The extremes of this lead to Taylor receiving death threats and his family feeling threatened.

In the modern game, we expect there to be a level of contact which keeps the game exciting and is part of the reason why we have, arguably, the best top league in the world. Following serious injuries to players such as Eduardo and Ramsey, it’s easy to call for less contact and less physical presence on the field.

Nobody is saying that we want bad injuries to happen, far from it. None the less, in a game which has a direct level of physical contact, there should always be an expectation for injuries, big and small.

Ryan Shawcross didn’t go out to injure the player, far from it. His reaction of sobbing as he walked off the pitch said enough as to how he felt about the whole affair, and an England call up isn’t going to stop him feeling terrible about what has happened today, and will definitely shake his game over the next few weeks.

At 22 he is one of the countries best young defenders. An assault from the media is not going to change what has happened on the pitch, and it was quite plain to see Shawcross’ reaction to the incident. We’ll discover more on the condition of Ramsey over the next few days, but the best that Shawcross can do is apologise to Ramsey and hold his head up and ride the media storm.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

February 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

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  1. I’ve yet to hear anyone say that Shawcross intended to hurt Aaron. No player wakes up in the morning and thinks “I want to break someone’s leg today” (except maybe Edmundo).

    The whole intent thing is a smokescreen covering up the real issue which is the reckless aggression in play in English football, especially against Arsenal. When you tell your players to “put your foot in” because “they don’t like it up ’em”, you set the platform for things like this to happen. If someone goes into tackles with extra aggression because his manager has told him this is the way to play against Arsenal, mistakes are more likely to happen. It’s no coincidence that we lost 3 players at Stoke last season.

    Damn Drunk drivers don’t hop on the seat and say lets see if I can maim someone. In fact they will be even more mindful of not getting in accident.

    Players (from Bolton and Stokes) etc openly talk about going after Arsenal players (roughing them up); “Just to rough them up, get them out of their rhythm, not to maim them” Then we are told to just get on with it. Well law of averages say if you go after them one too many times you are bound to hit them at wrong time at wrong place eventually!

    This is a most asinine argument that he didn’t intend it. Traffic Stop signs are there to prevent accident, 99% of the time those who don’t stop cause no harm, and 100% of them have no intention of hurting anyone. In general breaking the law (not stopping at the sign) is given a light fine if nothing beside the law is broken. But if by not stopping, a driver causes an accident then full responsibility is on him/her. He can’t say that he didn’t mean it and 99.9999% of the time no one gets hurt therefore he shouldn’t be punished or criticized because this time victim failed to clear out in time.

    When you make a tackle you are taking a chance, if you timed it right, fine, if you mistimed it and caused minor foul, a foul it is. If you mistimed the tackle and injured a player badly, then you are responsible.

    This whole notion of basing the punishment or criticism based just on intent is totally illogical. Intent is abstract! Injury is Real. Intent cannot be measured priced or valued, injury can. If all my good intention kill someone then I am a murderer not a saint.

    I am sorry but there is something about the English who think if one can semantically prove an abstract, then it must take precedent over what is real.

    Abstract: Showcass is wonderful boy with no malicious bone in him:
    Real: Young Ramsy is on brink of losing his career at age of 19 because of Saint Showcross.

    Wrapped English logic; Showcross to be rallied around and defended,
    While to Ramsy: good luck son there was no intent on Saint Showcross fault so don’t or your supporters complain or whine!

    Pulis and his kind (yes that’s you Big Sam, Alan Hansen, Andy Gray and all the other apologists) are culpable for injuries like this. It’s reflective of a football cultur in this country that I’ve come to despise as an Englishman.

    Charles Crossland

    February 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm


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