Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Phil Vickery has once again landed himself in hot water, this time, for stamping on an opponents leg. The incident occurred during Wasps' first Heineken Cup meeting with Clermont Auvergne in France when Vickery stepped on lock Thibaut Privat while making his way back to his side of the ruck.
Some will call it careless and possibly accidental, but I personally think he was as accurate as a gymnast on the balance beam and could easily have avoided Privat's leg if he wanted to.
Lawrence Dallaglio did his best to convince the ref otherwise, and despite the touchjudge clearly seeing the incident, Vickery was only penalised on the field with no yellow card being shown.
Foolish actions from English captain Vickery, who now faces a possible suspension of up to six weeks for his retaliation to something that neither the officials or any of us managed to pick up.
Vickery has only played two games for Wasps this season since returning from the World Cup, in which he also got suspended for a silly incident .
Is the World Cup finalist building a dirty reputation for himself, or are they isolated incidents and should be treated as such? As a captain of his country, surely he should be more disciplined though?
Then again, Johnson, Krige, Fitzpatrick - all captains and all known for being guys you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, let alone at the bottom of a ruck.