Day: May 25, 2012

Has Joey Barton Been Given The Right Ban For The Wrong Reason?

The FA has passed down it’s judgement on Joey Barton, and he has been suspended for a total of twelve games for his misdemeanours in the last game of the season against Manchester City. The first four games of the ban cover the sending off for violent conduct, plus an extra game ban for it being Barton’s second sending off of the season – every time a player gets sent off more than once in a season in England, they have an extra game added to their suspension for eqch subsequent dismissal. In that respect the other games are for the two incidents after referee Mike Dean produced the red card – kicking out at Sergio Aguero, and attempting to headbutt Vincent Kompany. From the outset, it appeared that there were two likely ways that the incidents would have been treated. The first was that each offence would have been treated as another act of violent conduct worthy of a sending off, and therefore would have been treated like Barton’s third and fourth red cards of the season, bringing a five game ban for the kick and a six game ban for the headbutt, meaning that Barton could feasibly have been suspended for a total of fifteen games. The second way was that because Mike Dean did not produce subsequent red cards, the kick and attempted headbutt would be...

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Euro Moments: Russia

Our daily cartoon series continues this morning with Russia and an incisive comment on perhaps the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game, Lev Yashin. Dotmund scribbled this with his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth. You can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Germany

It is now sixteen years since Germany last won a major international tournament. This (perhaps surprisingly long) period of time hasn’t been without its fair share of pain, but to suggest that this is some sort of drought when when they’ve reached the World Cup final, the World Cup semi-final and the European Championship final in those intervening years would be something of a push. More interestingly, the image of the German national team has been overhauled in recent years. If the old image of the team was built upon the joyless performances of West Germany at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain and could be visualised as the seemingly perpetually growling face of Harald Schumacher, its replacement was perhaps best demonstrated by two fluid and flexible thrashings handed out in successive matches to England and Argentina in the World Cup finals two years ago.  This German national team – fallible and invigorating, capable in equal measures of outstanding brilliance and handing out doses of both agony and ecstasy to its supporters – is possibly the most eagerly anticipated of all sixteen competitors at this summers tournament. The History: With three World Cups and three European Championships under its belt, it rather feels as if the story of the West German and post-war German national teams has no great need to be told. What is perhaps notable is...

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