A Finger, A Head And A Whoopsie Daisy!

Published: Mar 11, 2014 14:05pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 11, 2014 @ 02:05pm EDT


This weekend was quite busy but even after the games have finished the drama hasn’t. Here I will look at three of the bigger news stories breaking less than 48 hours after the last ball was kicked at the weekend. I call this article, a finger, a head and a whoopsie daisies!


The Finger:


Clint Dempsey returned to America after a less than impressive two month loan period at Fulham this month and now another American is causing a stir on the UK mainland. Brek Shea who, at only 24, has already racked up 26 caps for the National side is yet to get anywhere near that domestically in England.


Joining Stoke City from FC Dallas over a year ago the young American failed to nail down a place in the Potters side. To be fair there was a management change a few months after he had arrived the Britannia Stadium. Some players are just unlucky that way and the manager signing them gets moved on and the new guy isn’t really a fan.


That is why the loan period for Shea, Klinsmann and the US Men’s National team was so vital. It is a World Cup year and you would have thought that all 23 selected to represent the stars and stripes in Brazil would have to have played consistently for their club sides.


Now the reports were coming out of England that Barnsley and manager Danny Wilson had cut short the loan period and sent the American back to Stoke and the reason is very bizarre but may prove to be a great learning curve for what still is, quite a young talent.


The English, much like most Europeans, are very passionate about their clubs and will let you know if they are not impressed with your performance. We can debate the rights and wrongs of that at another time but the fact is that it happens.


After a recent 5-0 hammering at the hands of Huddersfield Town the Barnsley fans made comments as the players were walking off. I wasn’t there but by comments I don’t mean ‘Young ma, I say, that was quite poor old chap!’ but more along the lines of a helicopter taking off. Shea wasn’t alone in reacting though but the difference seems to be that he produced an offensive gesture back at the fans. When you are that obvious there really is no argument to be had.


After heading off on International duty he returned to Barnsley but was not included in the 18 man squad for the next League game. Later it was announced his services would no longer be required.


The player now returns to Stoke City despite taking to social media to apologize for his actions. It may be a blessing in disguise as the level of games he has the potential to play in are of a much higher level than he would be facing in the Championship. It just all depends on his attitude from now on.



The Head:


You may remember that a week ago Alan Pardew, the Newcastle United manager appeared to head butt an opposing player as his side faced off against Hull City. Yes it has been a frustrating season for Pardew but there was really absolutely no excuse for that kind of behavior.


Last week the FA announced that Pardew did have a case to answer and with four days to respond the issue sort of died down a little. Now a week and a bit later it has been announced that the FA have found him guilty and have issued him with a seven match ban.


So what does that mean? Well for the first three of those games he is not allowed to be in the stadium while the other three will just keep him from the touch line. Accompanying that was a measly $90k fine. So that means the away game to struggling Fulham and the two home ties against Crystal Palace and Everton he can keep his slippers on and watch the game on TV.


For the other four games of his ban he will be in the stands, which can actually give you a better view, away to Southampton, at home to Manchester United, away to Stoke and home against Swansea. If he has communication with the dugout via cell phone then what sort of punishment is it? I think the FA needs to look at the punishment it hands out for such incidents and maybe for games a manger is banned from he should report to the FA for the duration of the match.



A Whoopsie Daisies!


How honest do we want our sports stars to be? In Germany at the weekend we had a very honest soccer player and the reaction on social media has been mixed. With 23 games played in the German Bundesliga, Werder Bremen were two points above rivals Nuremburg. With fifteen minutes to play, and the away side were 2-0 up, Captain Aaron Hunt went down in the area. The referee, without hesitating, pointed to the spot for a penalty. As expected players surrounded the referee, what wasn’t expected was that one of those was the ‘fouled’ player Hunt.


He convinced the referee that he hadn’t been fouled and that the penalty should not be awarded. The referee reversed the decision and the game restarted with a drop ball. Bremen went on to hold on and win the game with the player in question saying to the media afterwards, ‘We don’t want to win like that, even if we are in a relegation battle’.


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