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Witsel gets 3 months suspension

You probably have all seen the horrible images of what happened last sunday night in Belgium, during the "clasico" game Anderlecht-Standard. I won't post the video again because i've seen it more than i wanted and it was posted earlier today. For those who are not familiar with the situation, well it was footballers gone wild night, and Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht) got his leg broken crushed in a nasty tackle made by Axel Witsel (Standard).

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Wasilewski will be out for 10 to 12 months. It's horrible and i hope he'll be back to his best.

Today, Witsel's sentence was announced and he's now suspended until the 23rd november. That means he's going to miss 10 Championship games and one for the Cup. He also has to pay 2.500 euros.
As the case will be transmitted to the Fifa and the UEFA, he's likely to miss CL games too (probably 4).

IMO, this is a "severe" punishment (for lack of better words), but I think it's fair. He needs to be punished because it was wrong. I find it unfortunate that the club has appealed.

What i don't accept is the way this whole thing has been treated by the press. Witsel's only 20 years old and up until a few days ago he was Belgium's latest prodigy. Now he's a criminal. He's really been treated that way, especially by the Anderlecht's supporters (that i could understand) and by every media. I mean it has been called "a crime, an act of aggression, an attack (as in assassination attempt)" and so on.

This kind of tackle can be seen every week-end. Thanksfully, they don't all have the same outcome. But if this one had not turned out to be so dramatic, nobody would have cared. It's not fair for him to be punished for the consequence rather than for what he did. Does this mean that you can do whatever you want on the pitch, as long as no one gets seriously injured ?

Okay, sorry to have bothered you with such boring deep-thinking :D I just wanted to have your opinions, since this is a player i like (Witsel) i guess i might be biased.
Be gentle, it's my first post here !
Tags: footballers gone wild
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