WALKING out of Portman Road, I could not help wondering where the other punished one had been as we sauntered to a season double over Bristol City.
The result and performance had been extremely pleasing but the news Jimmy Bullard had been suspended on full pay while Michael Chopra (fined two weeks wages) had not, left a bitter taste for me.
According to Paul Jewell both had been tried for ‘the same crime’, yet both handed different punishments (how would that stand up in an employment tribunal?). But a two-week holiday on full pay — is that really a punishment?
Jewell laughed off suggestions from the media Bullard could be living it up in Las Vegas for two weeks, but in theory, I see no reason why he could not on his ‘time off’ (sorry, ‘suspension’) after the club have told him to disappear for two weeks.
I think a continuation of training with the youth team, plus cleaning boots, washing kits and making tea would be far more fitting for both, after all, how many chances does ‘golden boy Chopra’ deserve?
As for the latter, Jewell thought it was not appropriate to give a recovering gambling addict too much time to go back to old habits. So he decides to strip a man already reported to owe people you don’t want to owe large sums of money another £40,000 (ish).
So that will be a big help will it? Hopefully it doesn’t see him go begging for more dodgy loans. And well, at least he scored on Saturday.
On the pitch it was another excellent result again Tuesday, this time a 1-1 draw at table-toppers Southampton, which demonstrated how far we have come since that painful 5-2 defeat.
But the whole Bullard-Chopra response smacks of an idea as well thought through as the puzzling banner unfurled at the Amex the other week.
•Talking of barmy ideas, what started out as a plan to get my sports desk chums and I swapping football kits on a Sport Relief mile to raise funds for those less fortunate than ourselves, has gone a wee bit further.
Before the Burnley game (March 21) I shall be introduced to you at Portman Road in that disgusting yellow-and-green kit we do not even let into our nightmares, in the hope the bravery (or stupidity?) I display may make you dip into your pocket to make a difference. I then have to somehow put it on again to do the mile itself on the Sunday (March 24).
So come on, show what great fans you are by helping turn my soon-to-be-obvious embarrassment into pride by backing me at: http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/canaryforaday.
•I asked you on Twitter do you agree with Jewell’s action? It seems the majority disagree with me and that the right action was taken: 75 per cent voted ‘yes’ - well I guess if Bullard was sunning himself Saturday they both had a good day...