Kicking someone in the back made legal

Legal ChallengeThe Football Association will not take action against Chelsea full back Jose Bosingwa after he kicked Yossi Benayoun in the back in the closing stages of Sunday’s match at Anfield.

It seems physical assault on a football pitch is now allowed. Even Chelsea manager Phil Scolari admitted after the game he should have been sent off.

An FA statement on Monday states “Referee Mike Riley has informed The FA that, while he did not see the incident himself, it was seen by his assistant. No action was taken against Bosingwa by the officials.

“Under the FIFA Laws of the Game, The FA is prohibited from taking disciplinary action when incidents are seen at the time by the match officials.”

Funny because if you watch the replays the linesman has his eyes focussed on the ball and whether it has gone out of play, not on the back of the player or the incoming kung-fu kid. And if indeed the linesman did see it, obviously kicking someone in the back is deemed legal – the Merseyside derby could be interesting if so.

Did someone say Respect Campaign?