Khalid Boulahrouz has been handed a one match ban for spitting at an opponent - whilst Arsenal midfielder Wilshere got two for a middle finger.
When Chelsea splashed out €12 million on Hamburg SV defender Khalid Boulahrouz they must have done so with the explicit hope of him becoming a regular in the side.
That was in August 2006 - by August 2007 they wanted rid of him.
He played just 20 times in his one and only season at Stamford Bridge - and played in potentially four or five different positions, poorly, during that period.
That was also highly unsuccessful and he eventually got a permanent move away when he joined VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2008.
Nowadays this Chelsea flop spends his days in the civilised Danish football game for legendary, and recently saved from liquidation, club Brondby.
But he recently found himself in a ‘spit’ of bother over there as well.
Nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’ he has in the past courted controversy with several red cards and perhaps over-zealous exuberance looking more like wanton destruction of his fellow professionals.
But two weeks ago he did something my mother would be appalled to hear.
He spat at an opponent.
During the game against SønderjyskE he seemingly spat at Johan Absalonsen.
He vehemently denied the claims suggesting:
“I can guarantee that I did not spit at the SønderjyskE player. It is true that I spat, but not for him. I saw him come running and so I spat behind him to not hit him. I spit maybe 100 times during a match, but never at an opponent. I care a lot about being a good role model for my teammates and for young people so I would never intentionally spit after an opponent.”
Now he has received his punishment … and it could have been a lot worse.
“The Committee has examined television footage of the incident, and find it judged by television footage that Khalid Boulahrouz spat at his opponent, and thus particularly bringing the game into disrepute see of the disciplinary rules…
The expulsion spitting after an opponent or any other person with regard to the DBU's laws Khalid Boulahrouz one play day quarantine, which will be served in the next match in the Super League (Brondby AaB Sunday, February 23, 2014).”
Denmark are currently on their winter break - a break that is to be a little bit longer for Khalid after his most recent indiscretion.
But what is interesting is that the Danish FA would fine a player for one game, when we have recently banned Jack Wilshere of Arsenal for two for making a gesture at the crowd that is pretty well-known and commonplace anyway. Yes Luis Suarez got just one game for doing the same thing not long after being banned for racially abusing someone.
Football’s gone mad(der).