Danny Guthrie should have shame for causing broken leg of Craig Fagan
There are some things you see in football that you are instantly disgusted by. Fortunately they are few and far between, but watching Match of the Day at the weekend there was one such incident when viewing the Newcastle United v Hull City match.
With the game in its last minutes the Hull striker, Craig Fagan, had possession of the ball deep in Newcastle's half by the touchline. Newcastle midfielder, Danny Guthrie, made one petulant attempt to win the ball which was shaken off by Fagan, and then with no attempt to play the ball decided to run at Fagan and perform a vicious karate kick at the legs of the Hull forward.
Fagan went down and then instantly got up in shock and rage at the assault just committed on him. A few Hull teammates then ran towards Guthrie enraged at the blatant violence of the attack.
Guthrie was given a straight red card by the referee and for some reason decided to clap the fans when walking off the pitch.
I started talking to my brother about this incident and the pure violence of the challenge. It was a disgrace and had no place on the sports field. It was reminscent of the Ben Thatcher assault on Pedro Mendes and the Roy Keane tackle on Alfe Inge Haaland for its sheer violence with absolutely no intent to play the ball.
To hear the breaking news that Craig Fagan has a broken leg as a direct result of Danny Guthrie's assault which will keep him out for 6-12 weeks adds an exclamation mark to the disgrace of what took place on Saturday.
Just like the penalty received by Thatcher, the assault from Guthrie deserves the imposition of an aggravated suspension to demonstrate football's intolerance to unmitigated violence. Lets hope the FA acts quickly on this one.