Sergio Aguero ban escape points to FA re-think

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After Sergio Aguero became the latest player to escape retrospective action, will a change in the rules be Greg Dyke's first action as FA chairman?

Following the announcement in March that Greg Dyke would be the new FA Chairman, my first thought was of change.

Because isn’t that what new appointments prompt? Do they not come in with the intention to if not transform then certainly improve?

Surely Dyke did not see the role he will take up in July as a position in which to merely imitate his predecessors.

So with less than three months until the former BBC director general officially takes over from David Bernstein, what should he be considering as his first move?

It must be a question many people of power have considered in the time before they can act – to be radical or not to be radical; to make a change or just to talk about making one?

In the case of Dyke, his first act is becoming clearer with each passing week.

Had he not thought that the failure to punish Wigan’s Callum McManaman retrospectively pointed to a rule that needed reassessing, surely the incident that saw Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero stamp on Chelsea’s David Luiz and get away with it left Dyke with no choice.

In the case of Aguero, he avoided punishment as the referee and his team saw “part” of the incident. As a result, FA rules prevent the re-refereeing of the offence.

In the case of McManaman, his challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara – which many deemed as potentially career-ending – escaped sanctions as again an official saw the incident.

This sense of not acting on real-time evidence is a part of the game that is being assessed in all areas, not least in the area of video technology.

But something so obviously wrong as a stamp on a grounded player, or a knee-high challenge with the ball long gone, shouldn’t be ignored for ever just because it was ignored at the time.

And Dyke must surely now act to change a rule that has come under the spotlight on too many occasions already.

Talk has been of possible changes to the ruling; but talk isn’t good enough.

Dyke will begin his job on 13 July. We know what his first act should be. Let’s hope he does.

Do you think this should be Dyke's first act as FA chairman?  And what else should he instigate in the longer term to improve the game?

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