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Lawrenson's Words Will Come Back To Bite Him…

On last week’s Match of the Day, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson claimed that if tackles like the one Gael Clichy received at Bolton were banned, the game would be ‘for the jessies’.

The former Liverpool defender’s words will certainly come back to bite him.

First Gael Clichy. Now Man United’s Rodrigo Possebon. Both players were extremely lucky to escape without a broken leg after horrific challenges by Bolton’s Kevin Davies, and Middlesborough’s Emanuel Pogatetz – the latter apologised for his actions and admitted he committed a reckless tackle on the promising young Brazilian. As for Kevin Davies, well, surprise surprise, there was no apology from Wanderers’ renowned fouling frontman.

Lawrenson missed the point entirely – while the physical nature of the game must remain, tackles like the ones stated above are simply not acceptable when they run the very real risk of breaking someone’s leg. Pundits like Lawrenson do not help the matter with their consistent line of ‘Arsenal don’t like it up ‘em’, as if that somehow excuses the sometimes violent challenges that come our way.

My point is, no one wants to see tackles being kicked out of the game, they are the mainstake of our wonderful sport. If you can identify a dangerous tackle then it should be punished by a red card, no one would argue with that. But tackles are starting to get out of control, players walk on the pitch with their main objective to kick the players off the park. Someone needs to tell the likes of Mark Lawrenson that comments like his are no help at all to football, and like I said earlier, his words will definitely, almost certainly, come back to bite him.

Big mistake Lawro, big mistake.

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ChrisMoz
ChrisMoz
12 years ago

i agree..lawrenson is a fool

JoeTodd
12 years ago

I HATE MARK LAWRENSON

Marko
Marko
12 years ago

I still respect him but the comment was a fucking disgrace the only difference between the Davies tackle and Pogatetz tackle last night was Pogatetz was sent off.

clockendjim
clockendjim
12 years ago

It's wasn't only Lawrenson though. Hansen said the same and several newspapers took a similar viewpoint – incredible.
Any tackle that threatens the career of the victim should not only be punished with an instant red card, but a much longer ban than the regulation 3 matches and a heavy fine. I would have no different opinion if one our players committed the same crime.
The MOTD idiots even thought that it did not merit a yellow card – they should not be doing the job

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

how can u respect a saggy faced old cunt like lawrenson? dont get me wrong but once a football becomes a pundit they generally turn into wankers, even our own ian wright and alan smith, but you cant condone violent challenges,hard and fair is one thing,but you cant win a header then elbow your oponant,davies only wanted to make contact with the ball then charge through clichy,anyway it goes to show wat the f.a care after letting rugby tackle john terry off,phil senderos was sent off for much less on a few occasions!

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

i believe if you break a players leg with a dangerous tackle you should pay wage contribution and perhaps even sit on the sidelines until he is fit to resume!

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

if davies tackled gerrard or rooney in that way there would be a huge outcry from those same guys that think its great to kick the fuck out of stylish pro's and foriegners!

Spike
Spike
12 years ago

Although it was a horrendous challenge on the United player, the timing was fantastic as it highlighted the pathetic prehistoric views of not just Lawrenson but the tabloid hacks and other little Englander football people every where.

If Eduardo had been Gerrard, then the Brum thug wouldve been hung for treason!

Likewise, all those stating that Davies challenge was fair coz its a man's game, including Ian Wright-Wrongun, I havent noticed them saying anything about the Pogatetz 'tackle'.

Twats

Neil
Neil
12 years ago

the guy is a clown, living in the past

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld
12 years ago

Alan Hansen called the tackle a good old fashioned tackle and Lawrenson justified his comments by noting that Davies tucked his leg in but his knee floored Clichey instead. Lets retire this kind of tackling along with the pundits who say it. Perhaps pundits should be banned when they make ignorant comments as well. …..

Marko
Marko
12 years ago

You're bang on the money Bergkamp because it's Clichy it's just another case of a foreigner not being able to take the tough and roughness of the Premiership. It shouldn't be forgotten as well that it wasn't too long ago that Clichy was out for pretty much a year with I think a cruciate injury so we were lucky he's made of sterner stuff now. He's an unbelievably important player for us.

AvP
AvP
12 years ago

Lawro is a cunt

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

its 2008,footballers are built and tuned like sprinters,their different from the 80's players,tv needs to revamp and stop employing these alsorans like lawrenson stuck in the past, modern faces are required,im damn glad lee dixon doesnt handle himself like them ex scousers on tv

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

i hate the way when a player is badly hurt they treat the culprit like the victim,like martin taylor,victim of his own tackle,this is the problem,you cant even smoke a fag in a boozer these days but if your a pro footballer you can ruin a career and be branded manly on match of the day!

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

mark lawrenson is basically the footballing version of abu hamza,preaching hate, kick the shyt out of anyone you want is what he is saying!

matt
matt
12 years ago

lawrenson is a big fat poof.

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

football should be based on teamwork technique and style,hard but fair defending and challenging,the only difference between eduardo and gael clichy is the fact maybe eduardo was braver when giant martin taylor challenged him but when a guy the size of taylor or davies launches into a challenge like that on a lightweight like eduardo or clichy it should be seen as an attempt to destroy !

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

nothing pisses me off more than when one of them commentary muppets says it was a strikers challenge,like last season when carew commits a proffesional foul from behind and hleb is gettin stretchered off,i believe in football tv pulls too many strings,like terry cant have a 3 match ban because chelsea have 2 games on live tv an people tune in to see jt,the premier league cant afford to suspend certain players coz sky will be pissed off or bbc!

AndyMcPhail
AndyMcPhail
12 years ago

Nolan admitted he told Bolton to target walcott, now that's atrocious.

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Tanaka
Tanaka
12 years ago

mark lawrenson is the biggest idiot i have ever seen on tv.his comments about arsenal are always off the mark. he must have some kind of grudge towards the gunners. I dont watch match of the day because of guys like him n alan hansen.those two are the biggest bullshiters on the bbc.
When has alan hansen or Mark said anything good about arsenal?very few times!
The tackles that have been flying in have generally been good but the last two have been bad Clichys n the man u guys are outrageous!

sameagain dave
sameagain dave
12 years ago

here is the proof if ever there was one that arsenal are being treated differently to manure , coments on five live this morning by M.Ingham were : a leg breaking tackle that some managers will claim that they didn't see it, but not english manager g.southgate who apologised after the game .
Two very similar tackel , two completely different version in the media .need i say more .

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Like most of the so called pundits and media types, The Arsenal seems to be their pet hate. I think the main agenda is primarily racist. Just wait until one of their 'own' is hacked down and left with broken limbs, then you will hear all about it.

ahassan100
12 years ago

These pundits are from yesteryear so they would say these things. People like Lee Dixon who is more recent are needed who understand the modern game. Lawro is a good pundit but i agree that these tackles need to go out and he is slightly less anti arsenal than hansen. (read his predictions).

Microraptor
Microraptor
12 years ago

I would like to see what messrs Hansen and Lawrenson would say if Gerrard or Lampard got his leg broken by a foreign player making a “good old fashioned manly committed English style” tackle….

Neither man would be able to make it in today's athletic Premiership — an dlet's face it, they are dire analysts too…. Yet the BBC pays them Brewsters…. I mean, man, you can hear the same level of analysis in any pub up and down the country FFS

Goonerman
Goonerman
12 years ago

Match of the Day is now a joke, save for Dixon the analysis is rubbish. How the Beeb continue to let Hansen and Lawro continually just pick the “back page moment” of a match and make unprofessional, unfounded, sweeping, brash, biased comments without given any time to give a proper analysis of tactics, statistics and the actual game itself is beyond me. You only have to look at the type of analysis on TV to games in other countries, it would put sky to shame, to see what a load of crap it is. I don't even bother watching MoTD… Read more »

greg Tersakain, Canada
greg Tersakain, Canada
12 years ago

Well I would like to see one of these ''fair'' tackles on S. Gerrard or F. Torres!

( I certainly do not wish them any harm, but just for the sake of argument).
A broken Liverpool superstar's leg. And then I would like to see if Lawro can save their legs faster than what Gary Lewin could do with Eduardo's leg.

''It never happens, until it happens to you'' is the old saying. Shut up, Lawro, if that is what you really said and meant.

mark lawrenson
mark lawrenson
12 years ago

It's not my fault I'm a dumb saggy faced twat. I'm jealous because I could never play in the modern game, I would struggle in the conference. I am also really gay and have been trying to hide it (although the tash should have given it away) and all these ridiculous comments have been a cover up to draw attention away from the fact I like bum. I actually know f*ck all about football and have been winging it for years, I'm surprised I still have a job, I actually only went to the BBC to audition for the Chuckle… Read more »

Goon
Goon
12 years ago

Thats rich coming from a filthy Liverpool defender who hid behind a dodgy 'tache for most of his life. Jessie is right.

sam charlton
sam charlton
12 years ago

I bet they took a more apologetic view when that manc got crocked the other day!

Connolly's agent
12 years ago

Someone should wait by his mailbox and then make a “manly” tackle on him while he's getting his mail. Wonder how he'd feel with a broken shin.

josh
josh
12 years ago

couldn't agree more with all the comments on here.

there's actually a fair share of racism going on here under it all. Like everyone's said,
the fact that it was arsenal, and a foreign player, clichy makes all the difference. If they'd seen clichy do that to davies or gerrard or anyone, it would have been a totally different story.

king gooner
king gooner
12 years ago

bite him?i hope it f*****g knocks him out!!! him & his “in yer face” hansen incite teams to forget about playing football against us & just kick lumps instead-iv'e said it b4 but they should be brought up on bringing the game into disrepute-but the fa is spineless….

Kipperman
Kipperman
12 years ago

Just take a look at how many predictions the slug balancing twat gets right on challenge Lawro every week, to see how much he fucking knows!

Excellent post…..I'm glad he's got the stick he deserves for making such a naive comment. Full marks as well for Ray Stubbs for showing him up after he'd made them.

ronaldiniwho
ronaldiniwho
12 years ago

To mark lawrenson LOL!! good of you to finally come clean.

Pat
Pat
12 years ago

How can you take that pratt Lawrenson seriously! He's an A1 idiot.
I'd like to fly into him with studs flying and if he whimpers call him a fucking 'jessie'.
Tosser!

GILBO
GILBO
12 years ago

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

irishgooner
irishgooner
12 years ago

He'll be done for that. Does he mean homo-sexuals? The BBC arent gonna want gay people to stop watching. If it was Black people for example and he used a different word their'd be uproar. He deserves all he gets. Strange tho. He is very very clearly gay. Everyones known it for years. Like GILBO said…Takes one to know one.
What a cockmuncher!!

ChrisMoz
ChrisMoz
12 years ago

i agree..lawrenson is a fool

Scully
Scully
12 years ago
Reply to  ChrisMoz

Like most of the so called pundits and media types, The Arsenal seems to be their pet hate. I think the main agenda is primarily racist. Just wait until one of their ‘own’ is hacked down and left with broken limbs, then you will hear all about it.

josh
josh
12 years ago
Reply to  Scully

couldn’t agree more with all the comments on here.

there’s actually a fair share of racism going on here under it all. Like everyone’s said, the fact that it was arsenal, and a foreign player, clichy makes all the difference. If they’d seen clichy do that to davies or gerrard or anyone, it would have been a totally different story.

JoeTodd
12 years ago

I HATE MARK LAWRENSON

Marko
Marko
12 years ago

I still respect him but the comment was a fucking disgrace the only difference between the Davies tackle and Pogatetz tackle last night was Pogatetz was sent off.

clockendjim
clockendjim
12 years ago

It’s wasn’t only Lawrenson though. Hansen said the same and several newspapers took a similar viewpoint – incredible.
Any tackle that threatens the career of the victim should not only be punished with an instant red card, but a much longer ban than the regulation 3 matches and a heavy fine. I would have no different opinion if one our players committed the same crime.
The MOTD idiots even thought that it did not merit a yellow card – they should not be doing the job

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

how can u respect a saggy faced old cunt like lawrenson? dont get me wrong but once a football becomes a pundit they generally turn into wankers, even our own ian wright and alan smith, but you cant condone violent challenges,hard and fair is one thing,but you cant win a header then elbow your oponant,davies only wanted to make contact with the ball then charge through clichy,anyway it goes to show wat the f.a care after letting rugby tackle john terry off,phil senderos was sent off for much less on a few occasions!

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

i believe if you break a players leg with a dangerous tackle you should pay wage contribution and perhaps even sit on the sidelines until he is fit to resume!

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

if davies tackled gerrard or rooney in that way there would be a huge outcry from those same guys that think its great to kick the fuck out of stylish pro’s and foriegners!

Neil
Neil
12 years ago

the guy is a clown, living in the past

Spike
Spike
12 years ago

Although it was a horrendous challenge on the United player, the timing was fantastic as it highlighted the pathetic prehistoric views of not just Lawrenson but the tabloid hacks and other little Englander football people every where.

If Eduardo had been Gerrard, then the Brum thug wouldve been hung for treason!

Likewise, all those stating that Davies challenge was fair coz its a man’s game, including Ian Wright-Wrongun, I havent noticed them saying anything about the Pogatetz ‘tackle’.

Twats

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld
12 years ago

Alan Hansen called the tackle a good old fashioned tackle and Lawrenson justified his comments by noting that Davies tucked his leg in but his knee floored Clichey instead. Lets retire this kind of tackling along with the pundits who say it. Perhaps pundits should be banned when they make ignorant comments as well. …..

Marko
Marko
12 years ago

You’re bang on the money Bergkamp because it’s Clichy it’s just another case of a foreigner not being able to take the tough and roughness of the Premiership. It shouldn’t be forgotten as well that it wasn’t too long ago that Clichy was out for pretty much a year with I think a cruciate injury so we were lucky he’s made of sterner stuff now. He’s an unbelievably important player for us.

AvP
AvP
12 years ago

Lawro is a cunt

bergkamp
bergkamp
12 years ago

its 2008,footballers are built and tuned like sprinters,their different from the 80’s players,tv needs to revamp and stop employing these alsorans like lawrenson stuck in the past, modern faces are required,im damn glad lee dixon doesnt handle himself like them ex scousers on tv

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