The FA Sinks to an All-Time Low

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer INovember 25, 2008

For years now, many fans have had a problem with the FA. They continue to rile fans all over the country with controversial and sometimes ridiculous plans, ideas, and decisions.

But, until now, I've never really had a problem with them.

Being the governing footballing body of the home of football isn't easy, and often whatever decision they make will get on the wrong side of at least one team.

In this case, however, I think everyone was unanimous on what the verdict should be.

The case I speak of is Sheffield United's rugged defender Chris Morgan's challenge on Barnsley striker Iain Hume.

In case you don't know what happened, as a ball came in the air towards the two players, Morgan swung an elbow with considerable force into the head of Hume.

The result was a fractured skull and internal bleeding for the Barnsley striker, who spent time in a high-dependency unit in hospital.

Iain Hume, who was re-admitted to hospital yesterday after feeling unwell, has since said that he is lucky to be alive, and that he could have easily died. Yes, that is how serious this challenge was.

Instead of an FA tribunal, Chris Morgan could've been facing trials of manslaughter or maybe even murder, if it was decided that he intended to cause really serious injury.

As Hume lay writhing in agony on the floor, the referee showed Chris Morgan a yellow card. Only a yellow card.

Now, today the FA has said that Morgan will face no further action from the FA.

How? I hear you ask. Well, I'm yet to figure that out for myself.

The official reason was that the instructions from FIFA were clear: No yellow card can be upgraded to a red card.

So are FIFA the real villains here? Perhaps, but if the FA can ban Sir Alex Ferguson to the stands for a few games for speaking his mind to an official, surely they can impose a heavier sentence for an action which, off the football pitch, would have resulted in a trial for Grievous Bodily Harm which, if considered a section 18 offence, carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Questions, therefore, must be asked of the rigid structure involved in football's hierarchy and of Chris Morgan.

Morgan has always been a rough, tough defender, which I think we need more of in the game, but he has to realise that there is a line not to cross.

Much has been made of football being too soft, but in players like Chris Morgan, the game could become too dangerous.