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Karma At It : Ryan Shawcross Setback Brings Back Memories Of Ramsey’s Horrific Injury

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Oh the footballing gods are a mischievous bunch. Sometimes they conspire to avenge a travesty or injustice in such a profound way that it leaves one speechless. Shawcross leg breaking injury in a recent friendly game can be deemed as a similar incident.

This is true of the sufferance and misfortune that has befallen Ryan Shawcross during Stoke’s pre season. Although some have criticised Arsenal fans for their attitude towards his injury, the bad blood between the teams and supporters is as legendary as the gunners inability to forgive Shawcross for his savage challenge on Aaron Ramsey in 2010.

You may recall that a pumped up Shawcross was sent off in for his barbaric, full on thumping of Aaron Ramsey, which resulted in the Welshman’s staring down at a leg bending upwards like a rubber prosthetic.

Ramsey commented on his injury in 2011,

“Before my injury, I was playing a lot of games for Arsenal, and I thought I was playing really well. So, it was a big blow to be told I wasn’t going to play for eight or nine months. That was very hard to take. It did not make it any easier seeing Shawcross, who was dismissed for the challenge, but it was a bit hard to take that he was playing again after a three-match ban, while I was out for nine months.”

Ramsey said he harboured no resentment, but admitted the pair hadn’t spoken.

The whole situation was made a million times worse when former player, Dave Kitson, revealed that although Shawcross was the messenger delivering the physical blow, it was the manager Tony Pullis who was the architect of the injury.

Kitson revealed the hatred that the Stoke manager had for Arsene Wenger and his teams and that he would pace frantically up and down in front of the players shouting aggressively.

He recalled Pulis screaming on the training field : “Ryan go across the f*** front — if you miss the ball you f*** well make sure you take someone out”

So before passing judgement on Arsenal fans, we should perhaps examine the fact that a Pullis still manages to coach players legally and that Shawcross has not been able to eradicate his particular brand of reckless challenges from his game.


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The FA took no action after this revelation and to be honest, the pair deserve to be prosecuted for actual bodily harm, endangerment, loss of earnings and for bringing the game into disrepute.  Pullis should be banned from managing another group of players with his destructive form of football and Shawcross should have received a seasons ban.

I’m not revelling in the Stoke man’s misfortune but I’m sure there are many that are and I can’t bring myself to criticise fans who witnessed a young Arsenal player with his leg bent to such a degree that he was gazing down at his upturned studs.

I can’t begin to understand what Ramsey went through physically and mentally to get through the months that followed but Shawcross will certainly begin his own torturous journey on the road to recovery.

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Anti Kroenke , anti Gazidis but always a gooner. Still wishes he could watch from the stands at the Highbury library.

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