Premier League Message Board
- Smiggsy Smiggsy Mar 31, 2010 04:56 Flag
In all fairness, I completely agree with you here; every manager should be free to name whatever team they want, and the FA should keep their noses out.
Unfortunately, they decided to come wading in. All I ask is that, once they make a decision, to stick with it, not choose which teams have to abide by the rules and which ones don't.
And, as a silver lining to this cloud, if Wolves do stay up this season, that may well be the best £20,000 McCarthy has ever spent, because his players essentially had a week off, and are just that little bit fresher than everyone around them, which may make all the difference.
- Smiggsy Smiggsy Mar 30, 2010 06:17 Flag
If any team pulls this stunt I feel they should be fined. If Man Utd fielded the youth team against Wolves because they had Arsenal 2 days later, I would say they deserved a fine. If Stockport County pulled the same trick they would deserve the same treatment.
The team in question doesn't matter; there is one set of rules for all clubs. If one team does something which falls foul of them and gets punished, then so must every other team which does the same thing.
Man Utd rested Rooney and Ferdinand on Saturday, and that is fine because they both had health worries, and you don't want to risk any player's health or future. But if they had been rested for no good reason, the Man Utd should have been fined. If Arsenal had fielded an under strength squad against Birmingham because they had Barcelona in the week, they would have deserved a fine.
Is my point made yet, or does it need further clarification?
- Smiggsy Smiggsy Mar 29, 2010 04:42 Flag
And what leads you to believe they shouldn't? Sad wee git that I may well be, there is a rule, or at least precedent, set up by the FA directly because of Wolves' fine.
Wolves rested players for upcoming, vital games and get a fine which, let's face it, is pretty small beans unless you're Pompey. Fulham rest players for upcoming, vital games (one of which happens to be Wolves, by the way); they should also get the same fine.
The FA made an example of Wolves, and set up a rule. All I'm asking is that they enforce it.
I am currently watching Match of the Day on BBC1, during the after- match interviews, Fullham manager Roy Hodgson appeared to fully admit to resting players due to upcoming matches.
As a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, I am reminded of the £20,000 fine handed to the team after Mick McCarthy rested players against Manchester United earlier this season.
Will the FA be investigating this, and will Fullham FC be receiving a similar fine?