Rough justice for Toon

Last updated : 28 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Shearer and a cheat
The incident in question took place in the first half when Shearer appeared to elbow Fabio Cannavaro during a scuffle in the penalty area.

The referee appeared to have seen and dealt with the incident, but after seeing the video UEFA’s disciplinary panel has decided to charge Shearer.

He faces a two to four match ban if found guilty and UEFA will deliver their verdict on Friday afternoon.

The pictures don’t look too good and it will be a surprise if Shearer is lining up in Barcelona in two weeks time, but he will plead his innocence.

"I'm not at all worried. Their player was holding me. He would not let me go and I had to try and get away," said Shearer.

"He was given a yellow card early on and, on another day, he might have got another for persistent fouling. But that's what you get when you play the Italians."

Whilst I can’t really condone violence by our players both Shearer and Bellamy had been the victims of attacks by Cannavaro and Materazzi before reacting.

UEFA though are ignoring the evidence against them and their team mate Pasquale, who stamped on Andy Griffin.

It seems that it is one rule for English teams and another for Italian.

The Inter team came with a game plan that included premeditated violence and the referee let them get away with it. Now it is our players who will have to serve the suspensions.

Bellamy and Shearer should both have known better than to react, but there is obviously no justice for us in the eyes of UEFA.