I thought it may help this debate if I showed the actual Law of The Game.
If an offence involves contact it is penalised by a direct free kick or penalty kick.
- Careless is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or acts without precaution. No disciplinary sanction is needed
- Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned
- Using excessive force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off.
IMO the middle ground would have been the most sensible course of action. A case could be made for the softer alternative but (despite Gerrard's ranting) I really never saw Aribo's safety being endangered. I think we all know what would have happened if the roles had been reversed.
Interestingly, although our "knowledgeable" Sportscene pundits (& others) continually talk about the speed of the tackle, there is no reference to it in the Laws. It's obviously essential to tackle in slow motion vs the Uglies!