Monday, September 11, 2006

Jones appeals against the odds

This BBC Article reports that Cardiff City are to appeal against Glenn Loovens' red card, which he received early on in the game against Preston on Saturday.

Manager Dave Jones thinks that they have a case:

"Glenn has been punished for being stronger than their boy. It was shoulder to shoulder," said Jones. "Anywhere else on the pitch, as the ref said, he wouldn't have given a caution."

That's not the point though. It was a red card given for prevention of a clear goal scoring opportunity. It wasn't given for violent conduct. The ref's statement is irrelevant.

I've seen the foul again on television, and whilst it's not as clear cut as I first thought, I'm still convinced that it was a fair decision. City have got no chance with their appeal.

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