Date: 23rd September 2008 at 11:14pm
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Fergie blasted Emmanuel Pogatetz, especially the fact that he had the nerve to complain to the referee after destroying Rodrigo Possebon.

The Austrian was sent off for his ‘challenge’ and no sane man could disagree with the referee’s decision. But Pogatetz has proved many times that sanity is not one of his attributes.

‘The injury looked really bad and the lad has gone to hospital,’ Fergie revealed.

‘The thing that gets me about challenges like that is that the opponent always claims he has done nothing wrong.

‘He should have just walked off the field. Then you get their bench screaming that is wasn’t a sending off and there is nothing wrong with our player.

‘At least Gareth Southgate was very good about it. He apologised and understood the gravity. It was an absolutely terrible tackle.’


It’s good to hear that Southgate acted like a decent man, unlike his players who found reason to complain to the referee. Neither of them were booked though and you have to remember Ronaldo getting a yellow for dissent at Stamford Bridge when he didn’t even open his mouth…

I must say that this tackle was even worse than Taylor’s: that was a reckless challenge on Eduardo and it was made worse by the fact all of the Arsenal’s striker’s weight was on that one leg. Possebon was more lucky in this respect but the challenge was worse: it was almost at knee height, studs showing first.

Pogatetz is famous for being a thug. He has a reputation and he’s already broken a player’s leg while playing in Russia. As a serial offender, he would get a lengthy ban if the FA had any balls. I don’t hold my breath though.