Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins was lucky to come away from yesterday’s game against Liverpool without a broken leg after suffering a horror-tackle from Reds midfielder Marko Grujic.
Having just returned from his last injury, former West Ham man Tomkins had played a blinder at Anfield until being cruelly scythed down by the Serbian in the 89th minute of the game. As soon as he fell to the floor you could tell it was a serious issue, not that Andre Marriner or his assistant saw fit to punish the 21-year-old with anything more than a cautionary yellow card.
To Tomkins’ credit, he soldiered on for the remainder of the game at the head of the side, given the fact that Big Sam had just used his third and final substitution of the day when replacing Benteke with Frazier Campbell but in all honesty, he should probably have come off to prevent doing any further damage to what looked a genuinely nasty injury.
The rules surrounding retrospective punishments remain a rather muddy affair but surely, with evidence as clear as the video attached above, the FA will ensure that Grujic is given some form of ban, rather than simply being allowed to get away with a yellow card. I don’t care where your affinities lie at domestic level, there cannot be a football fan in the country who doesn’t see that tackle as dangerous.
In many cases, supporters will claim that challenges look far worse than they actually were when seen in slow-motion but if anything, in this particular scenario, the slowed down footage serves to confirm the severity of the offence rather than blurring the lines. Admittedly, it made no difference to the final result for us but when you take the potential damage Grujic could have done to James Tomkins into account, there really should be no debate over him being forced to serve a lengthy ban.