French charm merchant Jimmy Abdou has had the red card he received at The Valley on Saturday rescinded by the FA: Spanner
I don't think he should have been sent off in the first place. If anyone should have gone, it should have been the player who brought about the first penalty. But don't expect consistency or a sensible application of the rules from the type of referee we had on Saturday. Apparently, some of the cast off football refs and linos end up in ice hockey - or so it seems.
In a way it helps us, as he is now available when the Spanners disturb the calm of the cathedral city of Norwich on Boxing Day.
Incidentally, I think that those searching for a gloomy narrative have been talking up the Canaries too much. Here is a comment from a respected Charlton fan who lives in Norfolk and was obliged to go to Carrow Road on Saturday: 'I went to watch Narge on Saturday They weren't that great. Hoolahan a decent player and Holt's an awkward lump. They don't have that much other than high confidence and a large home following. Rumour has it that they are seriously compromised financially and my have to sell in the January window.'
Much may depend on whether Delia's cookery books have good Christmas sales. Perhaps she will have to downsize her house like Richard Murray has - which just shows his dedication to the cause. Would I do that to help the club?
Here is the story on Super Alan Pardew referred to in a comment: Man of the moment