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Ramsey injury was horrific but should not be used to outlaw tackling


SOCCER-ENGLAND/Anybody who saw the pictures of Aaron Ramsey’s shattered shin will have winced in disgust but the hysterical reaction to Ryan Shawcross’s tackle that caused it has been based on emotion rather than cold analysis.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger muttered dark thoughts about how it was “no coincidence” that Ramsey, Eduardo and Abou Diaby had all suffered terrible injuries as teams tried to kick Arsenal off the pitch.

Shawcross was sent off for the tackle and, judging by his distraught face as his left the pitch, it was probably the best decision all round.

But though the consequences were appalling, all the more so for the victim being only 19, the tackle itself did not look too bad.