Gibson shocked by FA
Boro chief hits out at Aliadiere handling
By James Pearson. Last Updated: February 27, 2008 9:16pm
Gibson: Blasts FA
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has labelled The Football Association incompetent over their handling of Jeremie Aliadiere's disciplinary hearing.
Gibson was furious that not only was Aliadiere's red card for a slap on Javier Mascherano not overturned, but also that an extra game was added on to his ban.
The FA labelled Boro's appeal frivolous, further infuriating Gibson who in turn believes their response questions the integrity and professionalism of the North East club.
"We're simply shocked by what has gone on and it tells you everything you need to know about The FA," he told Sky Sports News.
"There was a disciplinary panel set up with four individuals on it. None of the four played Premier League football or football at any serious level.
"The system is inherently biased because they are there to protect the FA and the referee. They sided with the referee and we would have taken that on the chin.
"They then said our appeal was frivolous which is very subjective, quite insulting towards the professionalism of our club and the people in it, quite aggressive and confrontational."
Gibson is unhappy The FA's review of the word frivolous never took place and believes better legislature needs putting in place to govern those in power.
"By itself this is not the greatest problem affecting football but we dig a little deeper and we find an incident some 12 to 16 months ago involving Charlton Athletic which was a similar case (to the Aliadiere appeal)," he continued.
"What resulted was the FA would review this word `frivolous'. That review has not taken place, it was brought to the attention of the FA recently and they still haven't looked at it.
"All bodies need a legislature. When the legislature doesn't work properly it is incapable of looking after the people it is there to serve.
"We have had this in the past with how the FA originally approached Steve McClaren, how the FA recently made an illegal approach to one of our coaching staff.
"It's nothing new this incompetence."