Beckham's booking was fully justified. It is the player's responsibility to retreat ten yards and he deliberately got in the way. That's a yellow card offence. Now, you can say that Reyna hit it at him on purpose to get him booked, and you'd probably be right, but that's a different matter. Indeed, Beckham could easily have gone a few minutes later for a rather clumsy challenge in Sunderland's area. Now, as you know, despite being a City fan, I'm a great admirer of Mr Beckham, so this isn't using blue tinted spectacles, but he was in fact a little lucky - as many of the papers have subsequently pointed out.
As for McAteer, well, he should have been booked for bringing down Keane, but sent off? No, I don't think so. As for Rennie, I suspect that he forgot about booking McAteer because he was so intent on trying to stop Keane punching McAteer. The fact that he booked him later for a mild tackle suggests as much. Far from criticising him, I thought Rennie overall did quite well. He was in an ideal position for the Keane elbowing incident, and got the decision right.
The thing about Keane is that as Henry Winter said in the Telegraph today, most fair minded neutrals have gone from feeling indignant about him to feeling a bit sad. The man is a wonderful player, but clearly has problems and needs help - I mean that, I'm not being sarcastic - before he wrecks his career completely.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.