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To expunge or not to expunge, that’s the question
11:30am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
LAST Saturday, Charlton Athletic played Doncaster in the Championship.
In itself, not very remarkable, but it turned into a farcical fixture of the highest order.
Doncaster were leading 3-1 when the game was abandoned at half-time because of a waterlogged pitch.
Play had already been suspended in the first-half in an effort to let the surface recover.
Not surprisingly, Doncaster were less than happy with the decision because they’ll now have to start from scratch later in the season.
Interestingly, however, Rovers’ Paul Keegan, who scored one of the goals, won’t be able to play because he was sent off for two bookable offences.
You see, in the weird and wonderful world of football administration, the result is not allowed to stand but bookings and red cards are upheld.
On the face of it, the rule seems slightly barmy. How can some elements of a match be wiped from the record books but not others?
However, one thing did strike me about the situation. Imagine that all cards were rescinded in the event of an abandonment yet a player had been sent off for violent conduct that led to an opponent being injured.
The offender would then be allowed to play in the rematch when the injured player would be sidelined.
It’s one of those interesting anomalies football throws up every now and again.
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