There was an ugly injury in the EPL this Saturday (February 27, 2010). A hard tackle by Stoke\’s Ryan Shawcross resulted in a gruesome leg injury for Arsenal\’s Aaron Ramsey. Aaron, a very promising young midfielder, is certainly done for the season and probably the calendar year. Let\’s hope he is able to recover and resume his career at the same high level.
A silver lining you ask?
- Though the tackle was hard, there was no way Ryan wanted to injure Aaron like he did. He was truly remorseful on the field and after the game. It was a nice gesture that he went to Aaron\’s side after being shown the red card. It was also nice to see Ryan accept his red card punishment without argument. Too many players will argue a dismissal even after blatantly and intentionally fouling another player.
- Referee, Peter Walton, handled the situation very well. He acted swiftly in issuing the red card. It was also great that he read the situation correctly and allowed Ryan to apologize to Aaron on the field.
- The rest of the players, especially the Arsenal players, could have easily lost their cool. They did not. I think they understood that this was not Ryan\’s intention.
No one ever wants to see that type of injury. But at least good sportsmanship and cool heads prevailed. Here\’s to a speedy and full recovery Aaron.