I'm not being a cry baby about tomkins not getting a ban, although i thought the two incidents would have yielded a similar if not neccesarily identical length of suspension. Yes i was part of the disussion with wigan fans that the disciplinary would decide whether tomkins was GUILTY of an offence or not, note the key word, GUILTY. The difference between this incident and the joel tomkins/myler incident is that the wigan fans who tried to defend j.tomkins showed a lack of knowledge about the game and it's rules by simply trying to say he was innocent. The disciplinary panel ultimately found him guilty and fined him. The only wigan fan to admit any sort of wrongdoing by tomkins was exiledwiganer who had backed himself into a corner by talking absolute ###### in the first place and was forced to eat humble pie eventually. Having said that at least he had the balls to admit he was wrong. I think you will find my first comment on the ablett incident was "regarding the ablett/tomkins incident, it was a bad one". You will also find that most other leeds fans on here admitted it was a bad challenge and that's the difference, we don't try to defend the indefensible unlike some wigan fans on here that will never admit when their team has done any wrong. Call it a siege mentality or looking through wigan tinted glasses, the wigan contingent lost a great deal of credibility when not a single one of them could admit to seeing anything wrong in what was a late, cowardly cheap shot by tomkins on myler. I accept abletts challenge, unintentional or not, was a shocker, but it wasn't three games worse than tomkins.
You'll find I also didn't defend J Tomkins at the time as I didn't offer an opinion on the incident. The reason for this was that my direct view at the game was obscured by the posts, so I couldn't tell for certain where the point of contact was - as a consequence it looked like a nothing incident from where I was sat, but I'm willing to accept my first opinion based on a restricted view was incorrect. Having not seen the video, (because I don't like re-living defeats - yes I concede to being a sore loser), I'm willing to accept that the challenge was a poor one given he was found guilty at the disciplinary, but I'm also willing to accept that they felt it unworthy of a ban.
With regard to the above, I am not in a position to compare the J Tomkins / Ablett incidents on a like for like basis, therefore I referred to the Coley one, which in my opinion was a less serious incident and received a ban of lesser severity, hence I believe the Ablett punishment to be fair.
Edited by giwildgo, 05 August 2010 - 10:25 AM.