Babel faces FA action over tweet

10 Jan

Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after criticizing referee Howard Webb on Twitter. Babel posted the following on his Twitter account following Liverpool’s controversial 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup:

“And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH.”

Webb awarded Manchester United a penalty in the first minute (!) after Dimitar Berbatov was supposedly taken down by Daniel Agger in the box.  If it takes you three steps to go down, you’re diving. Just throwing that out there. Check the clip out for yourself.  Webb also sent off Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard half hour into proceedings. Again, I think it was a dubious call as both Gerrard and Michael Carrick were sliding in for the ball from the same angle and both players went in with studs up. 

It’s a little absurb for the FA to take action against Ryan Babel for what he tweeted, especially after he apologized (via Twitter of course).  Babel removed the offending tweet and posted ”My apology if they take my posted pic seriously.  This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game. Sorry Howard Webb.”  Why can’t the FA take it at face value for what it was? Doesn’t the FA have better things to worry about than Twitter? Like diving?

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