Ah. Ben Thatcher. A misunderstood genius or absolute cock? It’s the latter isn’t it? Well, We all know about Thatcher’s assault on Mendes and his elbow on a certain son of a Man Citeh legend has reared its head again. Oh, not to mention the Chinese player who suffered a punctured lung after meeting the Welsh
quarterback full back.
Well, Thatcher’s future looks even grimmer after Jackburn Rovers’ Ralph Welch was left with a fractured jaw (pictured bottom left) which needed a metal plate inserting.
Ralph said to the News Of The World "I have no doubt Ben Thatcher set out to hurt me. He knew exactly what he was doing. He has done it before and he will do it again. It’s almost like his trademark. It seems when you step over the white line there is no law. I didn’t want to rock the boat at the time because I was hoping to build a career. I think the authorities just thought it was a reserve game, I’m not a high-profile player and it would go away.
He continued "When I saw what Thatcher did to Mendes I thought he would
probably get away with it because it was the same as he did to me. It
looks like you can do what you want and all that happens is
you might get fined or receive a little ban. No one thinks about the
police getting involved."
Thatcher was given a two-match ban for his elbow on Summerbee. He
faces an FA disciplinary