Every now and then, the nation gets its knickers in a twist over the question of justice. A yob mugs a granny on her way home from the shops, she ends up a prisoner in her own home for the rest of her life because she is too scared to go out, and he gets thirty days community service. The tabloids scream "Justice? What justice?" and social workers and lawyers trot out excuses for the yob and justifications for the sentence.
Now my position on that is clear - and I'm sure yours is too. My grandmother was mugged in this way in Katherine Road and never recovered, dying within the year, her spirit completely broken. Yobs should do time inside, plain and simple. You do the crime and all that.
So how can any decent person justify the rescinding of Green's red card given Bednar looks unlikely to start for Blackpool. The perpetrator of the assault is free to play, whilst the victim isn't. Justice? What justice?
Now please don't trot out the technical justifications. Whether or not Blackpool were denied a goal scoring opportunity or not - and I believe they were because Bednar saw what was coming when Green charged out of the box and played the ball accordingly - is irrelevant, the point is, Green was guilty of serious foul play. He would have seen red for that tackle in rugby, for pity's sake, and the challenge was unquestionably reckless. Morally, he should be out for as long as Bednar is out - at least.
Green got lucky. The red card was shown for a professional foul, not serious foul play, and sophistry and technicalities have been used to get him off that charge. The FA then have this stupid rule that you cannot be punished retrospectively for something the referee saw and acted on in the game. So, had the card been shown for serious foul play, it would have been upheld and Green would not only have missed today's game, but the next two too. He got lucky. West Ham got lucky. And we end up, if Bednar can't play today, with a mockery of justice.
Unless, of course, Green makes a mistake and hands Palace the winner. We should beware, for as Macbeth warns,
We still have judgment here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague th' inventor: this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips.
Personally, I hope we win, but that Bednar plays and scores. Like that, we can still trust to divine justice without West Ham coming a Roy.