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Terry Burgess, Witham, Essex,
U.K., 13 October 2003, on the Ferdinand saga:
Can I thank you for your comments and observations
regarding the Rio Ferdinand affair.
I have been utterly dismayed at the way the UK press
have reported this incident and almost to a man, all have failed to recognise
the basic injustice of the FA's actions. Further, they have chosen to target and
ridicule Gordon Taylor of the PFA and have publicly pilloried the players in a
most vitriolic and distasteful way.
Phone-ins have shown some support for the 'injustice'
point of view, in particular on Radio 5 Live, but so many people, at first,
seemed to be blinded by the fact that Rio Ferdinand missed the drug test and,
therefore, should have '...the book thrown at him...'. Then we had all the
offers to play for the national side if those '...over paid, prima-donnas...'
didn't want to play in Istanbul.
I agree totally with everything you say in your comments
on the subject. That the FA's current procedures regarding drug testing and
discipline in the game in general need reviewing is not in doubt. However, that
does not give the FA the excuse that they can change those rules as they go
It is with interest that I note that, regardless
of the hearing today (the 13th) that Rio Ferdinand should still be available for
selection by his club in the next two League games and the Champions League
fixture against Rangers. I waited for the FA to tell us that UEFA had told them
Ferdinand couldn't play under the circumstances, but UEFA haven't said that at
So, the reason for the FA wanting to hijack the 'due
process' of their own law is still a mystery to me.
Yuvraj Pradhan, Darjeeling, West
Bengal, India, 12 June 2003, on his predictions:
Euro 2004 probable squad:
Cole, Sol Campbell, Danny Mills, Rio Ferdinand
Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy, Paul Scholes
Owen (my favourite), Emile Heskey
PY: Since you only
picked 11 players, we think you mean the starting team rather than the
squad. We believe several of your picks--Cole, Mills, Murphy and Heskey--are highly unlikely to start barring
unforeseen injuries to other
candidates. You wouldn't be a Liverpool fan, would you, Yuvraj?