Over the weekend, Aston Villa beat Derby County 1-0 in a match that was overshadowed by Leandro Bacuna being sort of stupid. After disagreeing with a lineman, he ran up to the poor fellow and clashed heads. Now, there are a couple of ways to see this: it was a matter of running and too much momentum and the heads bumped OR Leandro Bacuna is a bloodthirsty miscreant who barged into a poor unsuspecting lino. I suppose there is probably an in-between, but I haven’t seen it written about. Here’s the incident itself so you can judge:
Regardless of which view you take, I think we can all agree that what Bacuna did was stupid. Even if it was accidental, there’s no point in putting yourself in a situation in which you could come into contact with a match official.
But heck, even if it were intentional, it’s not like Bacuna murdered this man. Or drew blood. Or even hit him hard enough to leave a headache. So, while a ban was absolutely necessary, it should have probably been of the “three match minimum” variety.
Instead, the FA have levied a six-match penalty on Bacuna. That’s crazy! To put it into context, a similar incident occurred with a Blackburn player that yielded five matches. Or we had Jonjo Shelvey, who referred to another player as an “Arab c***.” That got a five-match ban.
So Bacuna is getting more than a comparable offense and more than absolutely vile invective. For what amounts to a stupid decision with little to no lasting impact. Good grief, FA.
Aston Villa are considering an appeal.