Today came the bombshell that Liam Cooper had been charged with improper conduct by the FA and ages received a SIX game ban.
The alleged stamp does seem somewhat intentional or stupid in my own eyes, but it does seem to be a matter of perspective.
Cooper or the club made the decision to plead guilty to the charge and subsequently he has been banned for a minimum of three matches for his 'challenge' on Oxford.
Although their is a lack of downward motion, it's perceived that akin to the previous Mings/Ibrahimovic incident; Cooper must have known that the player was their.
The perspective I have mentioned is whether the people looking into the incident are impartial. It's easy to point a finger and say they've have only done it because we're dirty Leeds. The whole of football showed outrage to Cooper after the match. I saw fans from every club tagging Cooper in fouled mouth rants, why? Because they hate Leeds not the challenge. Can you really believe most players would receive the same
We've been made an example of before and it doesn't surprise me that the retrospective ban which was set to be three games has been extended by three additional matches.
The other side to the coin is the fact that Reading defender Tyler Blackett has escaped without any ban or action for his forearm on Chris Wood. A move that would have been more suited to Sunday's Wrestlemania that at the Madejski.
Whereas Coopers challenge may not be as intentionally inclined, you can see the movement of Blackett's arm towards Woods head. To me, trying to stay as impartial as possible, there is intention in his movement.
I would love to see the reasoning behind the FA's decision. Will we? Not at all. But as per usual, we'll march on.
By Ryan Ingham