Coming back from the game, I was listening to 606 and was shocked to hear Savage and co say that Kebe deserved to be assaulted for pretending to pull up his socks. Clarridge joined in on the Football League show, risking allegations of racism when he said that a British player wouldn't do that sort of thing.
Really? I remember Vinny Jones grabbing Gazza by the bollocks and Rodney Marsh "helping an opponent to his feet" by grabbing hold of his hair and yanking him up whilst pretending to lift him by his shoulder at the same time. Didn't George Best tease the opposition? What was Nolan up to at Middlesborough if he wasn't deliberately trying to wind up the opposition? It goes on in every game to some degree, it's just that Kebe was given centre stage by our defenders, treating him as if there was a Falklands War style exclusion zone around him.
Sure it was a piss take, but so what? If everybody reacted to a piss take like Collison did, then stand up comedians would be knocked out every time they took to the stage. No wonder morons come on here hurling abuse every time I make a sardonic comment, if those inside the game - and working for the BBC - defend what Collison did - which was assault an opponent in front of 20,000 plus spectators and a television audience of millions.
Watching live, I couldn't see if it was a scissor tackle or a two handed push, Collison had his back to me and it happened on the far touch line. Television pictures clearly showed that Collison kicked Kebe half way up the shin and shoved him with both hands into the bargain. Was it a full blooded kick? Maybe not but we can't be sure, and if a child followed that example, it could result in a broken leg. And Collison had no thought for the possibility that Kebe might bash his head as he went down over by the touchline.
So, the answer to the question posed by the title is absolutely not! If Di Canio had pulled up his socks like that, we would have loved it. Diamante might have done it too, and we would have cheered. Both "foreigners", of course, so maybe Clarridge had a point, but Sheringham might have pulled the stunt and so might Bobby Gould and Keith Robson. And Nolan whose "chicken dance" celebration is inflammatory in my opinion. Wouldn't Rooney do it? Or Barton?
Collison should be fined heavily for letting himself and the club down.