Arsene Wenger was wrong to criticise Ryan Shawcross for the challenge which broke Aaron Ramsey's leg and should apologise to him.
Sometimes your emotions get the better of you. Sometimes when it happens to a team-mate or a player in your team you need to take a step back, have another look and think about what you say.
You have a young player like Shawcross involved in an incident and Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, responds like that: other young players will see how reactive he is and perhaps follow his lead.
Wenger thinks that this kind of thing only happens to Arsenal and comes out with all sorts of conspiracy theories to 'prove' that Manchester United and Chelsea have got an unfair advantage.
But the reason why he directs these conspiracies at those clubs are because they are the ones who are winning things.
No one sets out to kick Arsenal out of the game. Every Stoke player has played with that competitive edge for years, and it has seen them establish themselves as a Premier League team.
Shawcross is only a young lad and a top manager like Wenger should know better than to go off talking like that about him. If it had been one of Arsenal's young players who had done that to an opponent, he wouldn't want anyone criticising him in that way.
Wenger should, for the 100th time, take a long, hard look in the mirror after what he said. When something like this happens, he should count to 2,025 before he opens his mouth.
Referee Peter Walton saw Ramsey's leg and was affected by it: he signalled for the physio, backed off a few yards and issued a red card.
That is understandable, but accidents do happen. Just because the aftermath looks gruesome does not mean it is the result of a bad challenge.
People can trip over and break their leg, ankle, arm, anything; what would the ref do then? Send off a blade of grass? Dismiss a piece of turf?
He should have thought about it more, talked to his assistant. They can do that, through those microphones that they have hanging off their faces, making them look stupid: they say they don't, but they do. Otherwise what's the point of them?
The red card can't be rescinded but it probably wasn't a sending off. The problem is that everyone jumps on the bandwagon and influences the decision.
It wasn't the first time it has happened to Arsenal, and it certainly won't be the last - but you've got to draw the line at how managers react to this sort of thing.
You can't blame the laws of the game: football needs its competitive edge, the fans would be driven away if it was lacking from the sport.
Wenger should say something to Shawcross, apologise or explain his reaction. The family of Ramsey will be looking at what happened and what Wenger said afterwards, and think the boss is sticking up for our boy. With the emotion surrounding the incident it is understandable. But you can't do it every time.
It never used to happen like this: maybe it is a result of the media being everywhere. Straight away there are cameras focusing on the incident and everyone's got an opinion.
TV will want that reaction, thinking: 'Go on Arsene, condemn him.'
Shawcross has been called into the England squad and he doesn't deserve the grief he's getting.
As for whether he'll play at Wembley, judging by the way things are today he'll get a game straight away. With the Rio Ferdinand scenario too he should at least come on.
It used to be different: when I got called up by Bobby Robson I was on the bench for a few games. He said: "You need to sit in the stands and watch how we play before you come in."
Is there a right time to come in, or a wrong time? There are only so many games before the World Cup. It would have benefited Shawcross to come into a settled side.
Before the 1990 World Cup Bobby never changed it much, even for friendlies: there was a comfort zone for incoming players, with so many established players making up the rest of the team. There were only ever one or two changes.
It makes it difficult to come into a makeshift side - it takes a strong-minded player to perform within that environment. Paul Gascoigne did it before the tournament in Italy, but that was a rare case.
Playing against the African champions from the start might be too much for a young kid; maybe 10-15 minutes at the end, when England are a bit more comfortable and possibly two or three goals up, would be the right time for him.