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Actions need to start speaking louder than words
NATHAN’S not that kind of player. Neither is Callum and nor is Ryan.
We’ve heard the football manager’s stock excuse for reckless tackles a lot of late.
When will bosses and the FA, in this case the FA of Wales, wake up to what is becoming a growing and worrying problem?
Glenn Howes is 29 years old and was quickly reaching his prime in the semi-pro game.
Who knows how far he could have gone, possibly with promotion-chasing Poole Town?
He will never know because of a split-second in Merthyr.
Nathan Davies received a three-match ban for a tackle which, on video, looked reckless at best and downright disgraceful at worst.
Glenn Howes will never play football again.
Tommy Elphick was lucky and everyone in the game who deplores these kind of heedless tackles is hoping Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara receives the same good fortune as the Cherries defender as he begins his recovery. His prognosis looks good, thankfully.
The same cannot be said for Howes. Ruptured medial and posterior cruciate ligaments, damaged cartilage and a fractured knee joint were simply too much to come back from.
But, remember, Nathan is not that kind of player.
That may be so. But this is about more than being unable to play the beautiful game. From grassroots right up to the top level of the professional ranks, it is about the livelihoods of players who are victims of horrendous tackles like the ones from Nathan Davies, MK Dons’ Ryan Lowe and Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman in recent months.
Regardless of intent or pre-meditation, the punishment should fit the crime. Unfortunately, in football, it rarely does.
It is very easy to say “I didn’t mean it”. It should be just as easy for the FA to respond by throwing the book at them anyway.