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'Potentially Life Threatening'

'Potentially Life Threatening'

Disgrace!

That is the only word that I can possible think of that even comes close to describe how horrific the challenge was. The word I would be using to say what I think of the player, I`m not allowed to use!

The following is my brother, a trained first aider`s, views on the incident;

The player clearly has no intention of playing the ball but to catch Mendes in chest and send him flying. Not only did he miss the ball but he missed Mendes chest and caught him in the head. This knocked Mendes out instantly, hitting the floor unconscious. The problem with being unconscious is that the tongue, (which is a muscle) like any other muscle relaxes. When the tongue relaxes it naturally falls to the back of the mouth, covering the air ways. This is obviously a life threatening situation if the person air ways are not cleared. The Pompey medical team would have needed to make sure that Mendes was still able to breath, which would have been made harder by the player suffering a seizure (fit). The medical team would have been able to deal with this without too much difficulty. Presuming that the player hasn`t suffered any spinal or neck injury he should recover quickly!

Ben Thatcher is likely to escape punishment as the F.A rules state that the referee has already dealt with the incident and therefore no further action can be taken.

Many Pompey fans came onto Vital Pompey in the early hours of the morning to show their disgust towards the player.

It`s 11.08 am, and I haven`t seen an apology from the player yet!?!

It goes without saying that everyone on Vital Pompey wishes Mendes a healthy and speedy recovery!


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Date:Thursday August 24 2006
Time: 11:21AM

Comments

0
should be banned for atleast 3 weeks, maybe 5
lmatthews
24/08/2006 11:23:00
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should be banned for 3 games lol avin a laugh should be banned for life for that challenge u could see he wanted to hurt im lock im up for asult cheatin pr***
geordie boys
24/08/2006 11:25:00
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I'm sure the FA will act on it, they're trying to stamp this sort of thing out. If they can change red cards to yellow or remove them all together as they correctly did with Todd's on Saturday, i see no reason why they can't upgrade a yellow to red & charge him with something more serious.
Steve C
24/08/2006 11:29:00
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aslult he should be locked up deliberate challenge theirs no place 4 him in football with a life threatin challege like that should be banned 4 life if any won had any sense they would ban him from football any won who dod't agree well wot kind of fans r ya
geordie boys
24/08/2006 11:41:00
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Accoring to the BBC web site the FA have confirmed they are investigating Thatchers challenge.
Steve C
24/08/2006 11:47:00
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The FA will act on this, if they don't people will get away with attempted murder (LITERALLY!) all the time. I'd be VERY, VERY surprised if Thatcher turns out for City when they come to Fratton, Pearce is a brave man, and Thatcher obviously ...........(fill in the blanks as you see fit) but not even Pearce(if he's even in charge, which I hope he is as I like the guy) will risk sending him out in front of a fratton crowd looking for blood...
pompeyrug
24/08/2006 11:48:00
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I like the use of the word "challenge" we all keep saying, wasn't really a challenge was it...
pompeyrug
24/08/2006 11:49:00
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we are using challenge because we're not allowed to say what it really was.
Steve C
24/08/2006 11:53:00
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Totally disgraceful and has been the focus of our football chat in the office this morning. 10 Match Ban and fined 3 months wages. Until the FA take action with this kind of stupidity it will continue to go on. Anyway seen it on video yet?
bluedr
24/08/2006 11:54:00
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I've seen it over and over, and it only gets worse each time. Obviously I'm not Thatcher, but he looks as though he knows exactly what he's going to do. Mendes gives him a look, Thatcher a LONG look back and Mendes then looks worried, think he knew he'd have every right to worry...
pompeyrug
24/08/2006 11:58:00
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