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Laws To Appeal Dismissals

Wednesday boss Brian Laws is set to appeal against the red cards to Wade Small and Chris Brunt which saw the Owls fall to a 3-1 defeat against Coventry City on Saturday.

Both wingers were shown a straight red card by referee Neil Swarbrick in the first half of the Owls' clash with Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena yesterday - and the Owls boss is adament the decisions turned the game.

He said: 'There is no doubt that the two incidents turned the game. We will certainly be asking the referee to reflect on his decisions and we could well appeal on Monday.'

And laws defended his two players following their first-half dismissals.

'Anyone who knows Wade will know he is not a violent or aggressive player. Their player had his hands around his nether regions and he simply pushed him away.

'With Chris he was running away from goal towards the linesman and their player (Birchall) simply ran across him. It was not intentional.'

Former MK Dons winger Small is set to be sidelined for three matches, including the two matches against Cardiff City and West Brom aswell as Leicester away, while Brunt is set to miss the Cardiff match.

Should Laws decide on an appeal both players could well feature in the clash with the current Championship league leaders on Saturday.




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Date:Sunday November 19 2006

Time: 1:10PM

Your Comments

Not a hope for Small unfortunately he's going to be a massive miss, should think we can get Brunts overturned though.
spirtySWFC
Small's was harsh and probably 9 times out of 10 the ref would've given a yellow. We have no basis for appeal though. He did raise his arm towards their players head. The fact that it was a weak scutch rather than a punch isn't going to stand up as a defence. Brunt's was pretty much the same. He did bring him down and he was last man but generally you would only get yellow. Might win the appeal but the laws of the game leave the interpration to the ref abd he saw it, and dealt with it at the time.
BigBlueOwl
What do we have to do to get the FA and FIFA to understand we pay good money to watch 11 v 11? I know we don't want to go bach to the scything tackles there used to be in the game, but you need to have a new new principle in the game to giude ref's: Sendings off spoil games - don't do it unless absolutely nescessary. Not long ago ref's what let a bookable offence go because it would be a second yellow and just give a final warning. Now they see it their goal to get involved in the game. Who pays 30 to watch a ref? Are you impressed if he is a clinical finisher who takes all his chances?
BigBlueOwl
 

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