Bloody hell, have these footballers no shame? TV replays clearly showed that Etherington was tripped by thin air but, fearful perhaps that his bet on a missed penalty might not be paid out, Matty has claimed he "felt contact" to explain why he crashed to the ground in the penalty box.
Note that term, "felt contact". Explaining why he crumpled like a Bahraini protester shot by a high velocity rifle, Etherington said, "If people want to have a go at me, it's water off a duck's back because I know I felt contact." Oh dear God! Was he clattered? No! Was he tripped? No! He "felt contact"! It was Scotty breathing on the back of his neck, or his bookie touching his collar perhaps!
It used to be that Argies and Italians went to ground when they "felt contact". Now it seems even journeymen Brits go to ground at the merest hint of a challenge, at the merest suggestion of a foul! Perhaps Etherington might like to watch the TV replays and explain how, exactly, he "felt contact" and how that foot of thin air sent him flying!
But even more telling is Etherington's explanation of why he went to ground. Remember, this was just one minute into the second half, one minute after the interval, one minute, perhaps after Pulis and Jones had put their heads together over a cup of tea and a promissory note. Matty's words are so, so, so telling: "At that stage of the game, and after their goal appeared to be a handball, it looked as though the ref was going to give us something."
O did it Matty? That stands repeating: "and after their goal appeared to be a handball, it looked as though the ref was going to give us something." The FA will surely be very interested in where that idea came from! Presumably, Grant will cite the evidence of Etherington when he is called upon to explain his own comments about the refereeing performance of Mr Jones! And presumably, the FA will then launch a much more appropriate enquiry into why, exactly, Jones seemed to put on red and white striped underpants at half time!