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Fulham - It Must be Said

According to an article on SkySports.com, Phil Neville is indeed looking at a lenghty lay-off from football.

Initally, they thought it was just a gash, but after scans, it seems there is damage to the ligaments behind his knee.

This brings me to the point of the article. As a Fulham fan, I watched the challenge that Etuhu put in which caused this injury, and I was disgusted.

I was surprised that Dickson got away with neither a card or a foul, and I do not think there is room for these types of challenges in football.

If the shoe was on the other foot, and Etuhu was the one looking at a lengthy lay off, would not we be the ones crying misjustice?

Etuhu went into the challenge with both studs up at Neville, which he then proved is a recipe for injury. I am all for a combative midfielder in our starting eleven.

I absolutely love the freedom that Etuhu gives Murphy in the middle of the field. I was a quick convert to Roy's signing of Etuhu, and he and Murphy have made a great pair.

But I do not think there is needs for these types of challenges. You can provide steel in the midfield without injuring players. As a Fulham fan, I am sorry to see Phil Neville out of football for a while, and I am sorry that Everton have to go without their captain for a long stretch.

I hope this incident does not repeat itself in the upcoming matches.




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Writer: woodysweats Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 14 2009

Time: 6:23PM

Your Comments

I disagree completely. It's unfortunate for Neville and Everton, but it was a 50/50 ball and it was not reckless. Either player could've been injured. It just so happens Neville got the worst of it. If the situation was reversed I would still say it was a 50/50 ball and would bear no ill will to Neville. Had Etuhu received a yellow, I wouldn't have been too upset, but I don't believe he deserved one.
Teddy_KGB
I'm sorry, but the right decision was made. Neville got off unlucky. Etuhu could have equally been the one walking away from that with the gashed leg. It was a 50/50, something players will enter at their own risk, in the knowledge they could get hurt. Dickson won the ball, fair and square. Shouldn't have played on though...
KBFulham
I have not studied it again on TV but at the game I thought it was a 50/50 ball and both players went for it in similar fashion.
El Tel2
I have studied the footage. Neville's leading leg goes into Dickson's knee whilst his trailing leg goes into Neville's knee. Neville mistimed the challenge, Dickson got it 100% spot on! I disagree with you completely woody!
AlexFFC
As i said in the other article on this Alex, that's a ridiculously biased view. It was a 50/50, both players went in hard, Neville unfortunately took a whack. It was not a 100% spot on tackle, it should have been a free kick and a booking.
EvertonMike
nevile is not as young as he was a younger nevile might have got away with it like i said before best of luck phill
truth sayer ffc
apparently i'm in the minority here. i don't think it was a tackle made with the intent to injury, i just think it was a wreckless challenge... i just feel like i see these types of challenges too often, and they can seriously injure players... i could be wrong, or i could be more sensitive to it, or i could think that an honest 50/50 challenge is still dangerous, but i'd rather do away with these challenges in football... too dangerous in my eyes. if etuhu was on the receiving end of this challenge, i'd be bitching about it, and if i was playing and on the receiving end of this, i'd be absolutely livid... maybe i'm just not as hard a fan or player, but that's how i feel...
woodysweats
2 points: 1) in no way am i saying that neville's challenge wasn't bad, or that he's a saint here... it was the meeting of two players going to ground, which is a recipe for disaster in it's own way. 2) from what i remember of the replay, etuhu plays the ball with the bottom of his cleat, he pushed through the ball and lands his stud directly into neville's knee. i'm not against going to ground. i am against lunging at a ball and trying to play the ball with the bottom of the cleats.
woodysweats
i can see your point woody all these guys put in 100% they get paid a lot of money to take these risks and get well looked after when it all goes wrong some times your heart just rules your head even moyes said dickson was not that type of player
truth sayer ffc
I was at the game with a good view of the challenge and I also watched the highlights. It was a 50/50 ball at best and the referee got it spot on. If our man had come off worse I wouldn't be screaming for action against Neville, its one of those unfortunate things. Hopefully Neville will be back for everton sooner rather than later.
donfulham
Every time a player goes into any tackle there is a chance of injury for either player Woody. We lost Yakubu for 10 months because he jumped for a header and landed awkwardly for example, injuries are always going to happen in football. Neville knew full well lunging in himself what could happen, the only issue for me is refereeing inconsistency, one week it would be a foul and a booking the next it's a fair challenge.
EvertonMike
do I really care? in a word NO!
Al Billy
that s very true mike good luck for the rest of the season
truth sayer ffc
 

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