Richard Keys: FA’s failure to punish Bruno Fernandes has ‘come back to bite them’
Richard Keys, a well-known football commentator and former Sky Sports presenter, has written a blog post where he compares two recent incidents in English football. In the first incident, Bruno Fernandes was not punished for pushing a linesman during Manchester United’s game against Liverpool in March. In the second incident, Constantine Hatzidakis elbowed Andy Robertson during Liverpool’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Keys argues that the FA’s failure to punish Fernandes has “come back to bite them” since they now have to decide whether or not to punish Hatzidakis. He also suggests that the FA should have charged Fernandes at the time, just as they did with Mitrovic, and that failing to do so has resulted in the current predicament.
Many football fans and pundits have expressed similar sentiments about the inconsistency of the FA’s disciplinary decisions. Some argue that the FA should be more consistent in their application of the rules, while others believe that the rules themselves should be reviewed and updated to reflect the changing nature of the game.
Regardless of the debate around the FA’s disciplinary process, incidents like these highlight the need for fair and consistent decision-making in football, both on and off the pitch.