FA bans Jack Wilshere for two matches

Clive Brunskill

Neato.

Our feelings about what constitutes ban-worthy offenses have been covered ad nauseam over the past couple days, and now we can start up the debate of "How does having Jack Wilshere banned for two matches affect Arsene Wenger's squad selection?" because that's what has precisely happened.  The FA has ruled that Jack Wilshere's middle finger is worth one more match than Luis Suarez's middle finger two seasons ago, because the scrounge of the game isn't dirty tackles, inconsistent officiating and hostile crowds.  Nope, what's going to grow this game - at least in England and Wales - is eliminating the desire of players to show their middle fingers.

This means that he'll miss the home affair versus Chelsea this coming weekend and the Boxing Day match away at West Ham.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that he'll be able to sit comfortably in a suite at both of these matches and flip off whoever he damn well pleases.  Personally, if I were him, I'd do this naked.  With both fingers extended.  Maybe switch it up wearing a sandwich board sign while showing my middle fingers.  Because as ridiculous as that sounds, so is banning any player for 5% of the season because he waved his middle finger at an abusive away crowd.

So, yeah, here's to you, FA.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker