Red card, yellow card: Robbie Keane vs El Hadji Diouf

Ollie Irish

3rd, December 2007


Scenario 1 Robbie Keane was sent off for a clumsy tackle that warranted a yellow. Keane is a mouthy sod, always in the ear of any ref, but he is not a dirty player. (Watch the incident here)
Scenario 2 El Hadji Diouf was shown a yellow – which he protested against, like the spit-happy muppet that he is – for an X-rated tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa that deserved a straight red. Can’t find a vid of it yet, but if you haven’t seen it, trust me, it was awful.
Just another Prem weekend riddled with reffing inconsistency. I hope the FA looks at both incidents and comes to the conclusion that any fan already has – Keane’s card should be downgraded to yellow, and Diouf should pick up a three-match ban (at least) for his disgusting over-the-top tackle. The Prem would be a better place without his sort, it really would.

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  1. Adam says:

    Keane went into the tackle with two feet, and “scissored” his legs around Muamba. That’s a clear red-card, regardless of whether Muamba was injured or not. It’s an exceptionally dangerous tackle, and its immaterial whether it was intentional or just a poorly orchestrated tackle.
    I can’t comment on Diouf’s tackle, because I didn’t see it, but just because it was “worse” doesn’t mean Keane didn’t deserve the red.
    As far as I’m concerned, there are far too many dangerous tackles (two footed and from behind) that go unpunished, so I truly hope that Spurs appeal against the red fails.

  2. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Keane took a bit of the ball – it was his momentum that carried him through the back of Muamba. Didn’t look pretty, I agree, but not deserving of a red, imo.

  3. Adam says:

    Well, if he got the ball, then you’re absolutely right. To me, it looked like he didn’t, but I confess to only watching it live and the one or two replays they showed, so I could have missed it. It was definitely a 50-50 call whether to send him off or not, and I think the ref got it right (although it feels weird saying that)

  4. Jenny says:

    Can’t the Prem just get rid of Diouf full stop? He’s a danger to people whenever he plays – every time I watch him he sticks his studs into someone!
    Didn’t think Keane’s was a red card, deserved a booking and nothing more. And I’m a Gooner…

  5. jay says:

    The referee that sent Keane out might be the first to implement the recommendations given at the beginning of the season.
    Whether Keane got the ball or not should not be relevant in this case, it seems that he was trying to play the ball and one of his boots even touches it slightlly, but he had no concern to wether he also “played” the opponent, he goes in cleats first in the air and runs through the opposing player.
    That should be a straight red.
    Let’s take these wild challenges out of the game.

  6. Mof Gimmers says:

    Diouf’s tackle… X-Rated?
    The self styled ‘gangta’ is clearly a genius.

  7. Kate says:

    I don’t even think Keane’s was a yellow. He went for the ball, took the ball, and his second leg followed because it was connected to his body – if it hadn’t followed he’d either have broken it or be a contortionist. I think it was a fair tackle, although as the player went down justaifably I would probably have given a free kick.
    I didn’t see Diouf’s either so can’t comment, but I’ve heard that it was pretty nasty. Oh, it looks like I can comment after all!

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