Newcastle tell FA: Your rules don’t work

first_img The FA confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials – even though referee Mark Halsey was unsighted – and under current rules that means retrospective action cannot be taken. Haidara suffered what could prove to be a serious knee injury after the challenge by McManaman, but no action was taken against the Wigan player during the match, and Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said in a statement: “It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.” Newcastle reacted with outrage after the Football Association announced that Wigan’s 21-year-old forward Callum McManaman will not face retrospective action for his studs-up challenge on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara. The statement went on: “Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara. “Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials. “We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.” The FA’s rules follow a decision taken last summer – after consulting with the leagues, Professional Footballers’ Association and referees – limiting retrospective action to off-the-ball incidents unseen by match officials. The rules apply unless there are exceptional circumstances, which would need to be more unusual than a late tackle, however nasty. Llambias also responded to claims by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that it was a fair challenge, saying the comments had “disappointed and surprised” him as they came from someone he respected. Llambias added: “It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career. “It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cody Bellinger regains MLB home run lead with two in Dodgers’ rout of Phillies

first_img“Just a lot of good approaches,” Muncy said. “You see one person do it so the next guy does it and everyone buys into it.”The hits and runs just kept coming. Bellinger struck for a solo home run in the fifth then doubled up with Muncy on back-to-back homers in the seventh. With the multi-homer game, Bellinger leap-frogged past his commercial co-star Christian Yelich to regain the major-league home run lead (33).“It’s pretty cool,” Bellinger said. “But there’s a lot of season left with a lot of dudes who are close.”In the eighth, Matt Beaty and Pederson had back-to-back doubles followed by a two-run homer from Verdugo. Phillies reliever Yacksel Rios hit the next batter (Turner) with an 85-mph slider – prompting home plate umpire Doug Eddings to eject Rios (despite Turner appearing to argue in favor of letting Rios stay in).The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, scoring five more times. Then scored two more in the ninth against Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn, pressed into duty on the mound. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers scored six times in the fourth inning, got four home runs (two from major-league leader Cody Bellinger) and piled it on in the late innings hanging a 16-2 whooping on a Philadelphia Phillies team that looked fairly hapless.“I went on record and said that,” Roberts said of his pre-game guarantee. “I believe in these guys and they realize every game is important. So for us to not get much rest and get through a grind of a series with the Red Sox, it really didn’t affect us. Tonight really showed it.”The Dodgers finished with 19 hits (matching their season-high). Every one of the starting position players had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Seven of the eight had multi-hit games led by Bellinger with four. Six drove in at least two runs.The win was the Dodgers’ third in a row since snapping a four-game losing streak that straddled the All-Star break. They have outscored the Red Sox and Phillies 34-8 in those three games.“I think it’s just more kind of a ‘Whatever’ attitude,” Bellinger said of the sleep-deprived approach. “It was different. You’re not as hyped up. I mean, I drank two Red Bulls and took a lot of Advils so I was feeling alright. I guess it was just one of those days where you’re feeling more relaxed.” Not early. Kershaw worked out of a bases-loaded jam of his own making (two walks, two wild pitches) in the first inning then surrendered a leadoff home run to Scott Kingery in the third and had to do it again. A catcher’s interference by Austin Barnes and an error by shortstop Corey Seager helped load the bases with one out. But Kershaw struck out Jay Bruce and got Maikel Franco to ground out on the 10-pitch of an extended at-bat.“He just competes as much as anyone I’ve ever seen,” Barnes said. “Whether his stuff is good or maybe not, it doesn’t matter. He always competes.”The Phillies had just one more baserunner in Kershaw’s six innings. The Dodgers seemed to have nothing but baserunners the rest of the night.Alex Verdugo led off with a single and scored from first base when Justin Turner split the left-center field gap for a double. Since doing what he described as “some tinkering” in the batting cage before Saturday’s game, Turner is 6 for 16 with four doubles and a home run.The Phillies began hemorrhaging after that. Max Muncy beat out an infield single to drive in a run. Kiké Hernandez singled in another. Austin Barnes laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in a run – and was safe at worst when second baseman Cesar Hernandez was late to cover.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img PreviousPHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPhiladelphia Phillies’ Zach Eflin pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce , right, cannot reach a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner follows through after hitting an RBI-double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins tosses the ball to first on a groundout by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated after scoring on a single by Max Muncy #13 against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo runs home to score on an RBI-double by Justin Turner during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia Phillies’ Zach Eflin pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts yells to his dugout before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI-single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, right, steals home past Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, left, steals home past Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers steals home before the tag of catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Edubray Ramos #61 adjusts his cap as Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles the bases after Bellinger hit a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger is congratulated by teammate Max Muncy after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Bellinger had two home runs among his four hits, and Muncy had a home run as well in their 16-2 rout. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles first base after hitting a home run as Rhys Hoskins #17 of Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Home plate umpire Doug Eddings gets between catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 and manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies and Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after Turner was hit by a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Dodgers outfielders Joc Pederson, left, Alex Verdugo, center, and Cody Bellinger celebrate their 16-2 rout of the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates with his teammates after their 16-2 rout of the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)ExpandPHILADELPHIA — After a 12-inning game that ended around 12:45 a.m. in Boston, the Dodgers didn’t arrive at their team hotel in Philadelphia until after 4:30 on Monday morning.Sitting in the dugout before the game Monday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected the same energy and focus from his team, regardless of the early-morning arrival. He believed it would happen, he said, because he knows and trusts his team.For three innings, it looked like he might have been mistaken. The Dodgers didn’t have a hit and their only baserunner (on an error) was starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw – who flew ahead of the team Sunday night.Then the energy drinks must have kicked in. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more