Nike ad featuring Eric Cantona on his return from suspension, unveiled versus Liverpool, October 1, 1995.
One week, two alleged stamps. Both assailants bad-boys of their clubs’ cities, further apart in distance than footballing heritage and seemingly now closer yet in terms of notoriety. One incident exponentially more temerarious than the other, and thus rightly so – relatively speaking –, one man went unpunished, and the other supplied with a four-match decapitation. Only, if just one of the two crime scenes were to be punished retrospectively, it was the wrong one left exonerated.
Mario Balotelli may cast more than an envious gaze at the Spanish footballing authorities, much as the English do those shores with an understandable predilection for sunnier days on a golden beach. The decision to deplete Pepe of a suspension for an ostentatious trampling on the hand of Lionel Messi was absurd. Perhaps the powers-that-be took into account, unfairly, Messi’s status as The Second Coming of Diego Maradona – karmic law suggests an equal and opposite reaction to every action – and Pepe was thus the purveyor of retrospective punishment too, of a sort. Only, Messi isn’t Maradona, and so his Hand isn’t exactly His Hand.
Infographic - Diversity in the Premier LeagueSource: afootballreport
It’s difficult to “rank” diversity per se, but that’s exactly what was attempted in Visual News’ infographic. Race and ethnicity has been far too prevalent an issue this season in the Premier League for anyone’s liking, but it’s something that cannot be ignored. Honestly, nothing can be justifiably deduced from noticing that one club has players from 11 nationalities and another club has players from 6 nationalities, but regardless it’s interesting to take a look and compare.