Why do you think that Javier Mascherano was so fired up for Liverpool’s match against Manchester United? He reminded one of Paul Gascoigne circa 1991 when the talented playmaker ran around the Wembley pitch like a headless chicken, eventually causing himself a nasty injury. Indeed, it’s hard to see the argument being put forward by Rafael Benitez, who must have witnessed his player fire off rounds of expletives before a first and then a second yellow card. Still, according to the official Liverpool website, the Spaniard is having none of it.
He said: “I would like to speak to Keith Hackett because it is important that we find a solution.
“At Liverpool, we respect the game, we respect the rules and we respect the referee, and it is important to remember that Mascherano was the first Liverpool player to be sent off in the league this season.”
Here’s a solution. Player enters the field of play. Stays within the rules of the game. Lets his football do the talking. Accepts that the referees decision is final at all times. Shakes hands with arbiter at the end of the game no matter what the result. It’s actually quite easy to follow these guidelines one likes to think.