Moyes calls for tough measures
Everton boss David Moyes feels the Football Association need to look more closely at reckless tackles.
Last Updated: 06/03/09 3:57pm
Everton boss David Moyes feels the Football Association need to look more closely at reckless challenges and hand out punishments more befitting of the crime.
Arsene Wenger opened the debate over dangerous challenges this week by calling on perpetrators of such offences to be handed ten-game bans, a drastic increase on the three-match punishment normally reserved for straight red cards.
Moyes has more reason than most to feel aggrieved having lost Victor Anichebe for the season, courtesy of Kevin Nolan's over zealous challenge in the recent league clash between Everton and Newcastle.
Echoing Wenger's sentiments, the Toffees chief believes it is an issue that needs to be discussed at length over the summer.
"I do think it's something that should be looked much more closely into," Moyes told Sky Sports News.
"For a while I've not been happy with a lot of the rules brought forward and the people who are making the decisions.
"I think it would be better off if there was some form of panel or group of people who looked at the incidents.
"But we set off at the start of the season with those rules, you get sent-off and it's three games or whatever, so we can't change mid-flow."
Moyes concedes he feels somewhat aggrieved at losing Anichebe long-term, given Nolan will be available for Newcastle once he has served a three-game ban.
"Obviously that is the thing. That was the rule at the start of the season but as Arsene said, I think we should be looking at tackles that are serious."
Both Anichebe and influential midfielder Mikel Arteta have recently gone under the knife for knee operations and Moyes admits it is a long way back for the duo.
"So it's disappointing for Victor. He's had his lateral ligaments structured and repaired so he's done quite a bit of damage.
"Mikel's had his operation, it went very well. We hope to see him somewhere around the start of next season."