Aaron Ramsey has finally come out in public with his opinion about the Shawcross tackle. Here is what the young Welshman said,
I remember it all, I don’t believe he [Shawcross] wanted to break my leg, but I think he wanted to go through both the ball and me – to take me out and make sure I felt the tackle.
He was caught out of position a little, but he could definitely have changed his mind before making the tackle, realising that he wasn’t going to get there and so not committing. If I was tackling and I saw that there wasn’t a chance of getting to the ball cleanly I wouldn’t make the tackle – and I don’t think there was a chance of him getting there.
He left me a voicemail and a text message but I just want to concentrate on my recovery for now.
I can’t do anything about it now. You just have to get on with things and that’s what I’m doing at the moment. I’ve seen the pictures, and quick glimpses on Sky, but haven’t actually sat down and watched the video. Like I said though, I remember everything.
Is it just me who is getting a loud and clear message from those words? I think Ramsey holds Shawcross responsible for his injury and has very valid reasons to do so.
As this blog and many other Arsenal writers discussed, the butcher from Stoke clearly went in with an intention of getting his man. The leg break in itself was an accident but the probability for such an unfortunate event were heightened due to the malicious nature of the tackle. Ramsey is convinced that was the case.
This news came through when there was a lot of action on the pitch. Most of us were focused on the game with Wolves and the media attention was centred on the top two fixture at Old Trafford. So it’s understandable that these words didn’t grab as many headlines as we’d expect. A few hacks did notice it and their interpretations are telling. Here is a rundown of the headlines I saw on NewsNow,
- Sky Sports – Ramsey Clears Shawcross’ Name
- Daily Mail – Ryan Shawcross didn’t mean to break my leg, insists Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey
- BBC – Ramsey Accepts Accidental Break
- Sporting Life – Ramsey Keeps Focus on Recovery
- Telegraph – Ramsey: Shawcross Should Have Backed Out
- Soccernet – Ramsey: Shawcross wanted to “take me out”
- Daily Post – Wales ace Aaron Ramsey says Ryan Shawcross could have avoided horror tackle
What can I say about Sky Sports or The Mail!? I’m assuming it can’t be xenophobia as Ramsey is a Welshman. The anti-Arsenal bias is for everyone to see. They are trying to convince us that they’ve been right all along and Shawcross is a saint just as they proclaim.
BBC went for a non controversial headline which completely ignores the message from Ramsey. I don’t like it but it’s acceptable.
Yesterday on NewsNow, The Telegraph was the only paper that said it as Ramsey meant it. Soccernet and Daily Post have done more of the same today and kudos to them for focusing on the truth.
I’ve not seen an article in Guardian or The Times on this issue and I’ve left out sites like Goal.com who were quite along the lines of The Mail.
Thankfully, and to be fair to the “media”, there are a few who did the right thing. Some people would say that the press is all about point of views. It’s their job to give different perspectives on the same issue. I don’t deny the importance of that but when you come across such blatant distortions how can you accept that as just another interpretation.
To be honest I was a little disappointed with the Arsenal website as they too led with a headline that said, “I don’t believe he wanted to break my leg”. In a way you can understand that as the club does not want to raise further controversy. It doesn’t help Arsenal who are fighting for titles while Stoke are comfortable in their mid table mediocrity. Still, I do feel the club could have put out a stronger message that tells the world exactly what Ramsey, other players, Arsene and most Arsenal fans feel.
In case you come across any other headlines do let me know, I’d certainly like to collect as many as possible so we get a clear idea of the anti-Arsenal bias.