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White bandages only please

December 13, 2009

Every fan loves a footballer with a head bandage on.

It shows commitment and desire to the cause, to such a degree that the player has a disregard for their own welfare. Think Terry Butcher at Italia ’90, an iconic image for all English football fans, with his white bandage turned blood red.

On Saturday, Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce equalised for his side with a header that would have made Butcher proud.

Following up a Hugo Rodallega effort, paried by Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen, Boyce headed his side into the lead, getting a boot in the head in the process. He remained off the field for a few minutes as the Wigan medical staff patched him up, with a blue bandage.

Younes Kaboul celebrates earning Pompey a much needed point

A blue bandage? Oh no.

You have to admire Wigan for colour co-ordinating their bandages, but the blue one has nothing on its superior white cousin. The blue bandage can not be blood stained, losing some of the ‘never say die’ that the white one gives. The Premier League need to make sure there are only white bandages.

In the same game, James Beattie was forced to remove a white undershirt before replacing Riccardo Fuller. Apparently the shirt has to be in the clubs colours. But Stoke play in red and white, and the red undershirt worn by Sanli Tuncay was fine. Barmy.

Another barmy rule was on show at the Stadium of Light, as having scored a crucial equaliser for Portsmouth, Younes Kaboul was given a second yelllow card for removing his shirt while celebrating.

The FA need to focus on major issues, like corruption and diving and let players show passion. So many do not anymore that it is refreshing for any player to show the same passion as the fans who have travelled so many miles, especially in the case of Portsmouth fans travelling to Sunderland, to see their team.

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