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Sports Letter: Out of line

Out of line

Sir: If referee Paul Durkin, had seen Graeme Le Saux assault Robbie Fowler during the infamous bottom waving incident, Le Saux would have received an automatic three-match ban for violent conduct. Instead, he received a one-match ban while Fowler's sentence was two matches. This decision seems to imply that the FA does not regard violent play as being as serious as verbal abuse or provocative conduct.