Had Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri been playing for Newcastle United during recent trouble with the law, they could well have been sacked.
Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri of Manchester City have both been in trouble recently for driving offences. Tevez ended up in court for driving while disqualified and without insurance while Nasri got into trouble for various speeding fines.
Nile Ranger is a former Newcastle United player who has also been in trouble recently, given a 12 month community order for pulling the hair of his girlfriend during a row.
That’s not a decent thing for a man to do and Newcastle responded respectfully by forcing him out of the club, as Alan Pardew seems to be intent on making Newcastle a respectable club from top to bottom.
What that message from Newcastle effectively tells their players, is that if you get into trouble away from the training ground and away from the pitch, you will be punished to the fullest extent that the club can muster.
Needless to say both Tevez and Nasri could have caused some serious distress, worry and trouble for hard working honest members of the general public, which would have reflected on their club even more negatively than it already has.
Therefore, it’s not impossible that had they both player for Newcastle, regardless of their stature, they would have been sacked, put out in the cold or forced to move on by the North East club.
Pardew deserves massive credit for creating one of the most respectable and people friendly clubs in the country. Newcastle fans are probably the most passionate supporters in England and they deserve to be represented in the best possible way, across England and throughout Europe.
Pardew probably heard the alarm bells ringing and started to think that Ranger was more trouble than he’s worth, when he did a Liam Ridgewell type stunt, taking a picture of his name spelt out in £20 notes before posting it online.
He came into football with a promising career and will now be hard pushed to find a club that would be willing to take a gamble on him.
Tevez and Nasri should both feel extremely fortunate that they both play for City because had this been Newcastle, or another club, they could have been treated very differently.
They are fortunate that their profiles at the club are so high that they are always going to retain that importance for City, as they look to fight for silverware on all fronts each season.
However, that does not excuse basic idiocy and decisions which have backfired and could have caused great danger and harm.
What do you make of each case? Would Tevez and Nasri have been sacked at Newcastle? Or was Nile Ranger simply a real bad apple and one-off?
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