UK time is: 12:36:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Owls Duo Set To Miss Out

Wednesday duo Chris Brunt and Deon Burton are both set to miss the start of the new season after seeing red during the Owls' pre-season tour of Holland last week.

Owls boss Brian Laws was furious with the decisions to send both players off in the clashes with Groningen and Heerenveen respectively and has revealed to BBC Radio Sheffield that the decisions are unlikely to be overturned.

The news means both players could be absent from the Owls' opening two fixtures of the 2007-08 campaign, away at Ipswich Town for the opening fixture and away in the Carling Cup First Round to neighbours Rotherham United.

'It's an unbeaten tour but I'm just sick to the stomach at losing two players. I spoke to the referee before the game and said if there were any problems I would take players off,' Laws told the Sheffield Star.

'Brunty went in with a late challenge but it was nothing sinister. All the referee had to do was talk to me but he gave him a red card and then told the players 'I've been told about you from the last game'.

'To cap it all there were racist remarks made to our players in the corner by the fans which was absolutely disgusting. I'm dejected to think we could lose Deon and Brunty for the first few games.

'It has turned our pre-season into a nightmare because I thought it had been going really well. It became an exercise in defending and to get the goal at the end was what we deserved.

'It's not easy when the referee wants to be centre stage and is telling everybody how good he is not to get angry.

'Their manager apologised, for the second game running, but with the referees it seems to be a 'me show'. But you have to deal with things like this.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 24 2007

Time: 11:12AM

Your Comments

Sendings off in friendly matches shouldn't count for league matches!
wednesdaytilidie
there is no need to send a player off in a friendly any way just make the manager sub him or take him off anyway
fozzyp
What a stupid situation that a friendly match can have impact on our championship season. The football governing bodies should sort out this mess, maybe instead of banning the players, just fine them.
Nightowl
Marvellous, just what we need!
NicNac
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Owls sign former Real Madrid midfielder (Monday September 1 2014)

Owls handed Manchester City cup clash (Thursday August 28 2014)

Wednesday await League Cup draw (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Gray: Owls good value for cup triumph (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Report: Burnley 0-1 Wednesday (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Owls out to maintain momentum in cup (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Gray: Owls searching for Boro win (Friday August 22 2014)

International call-up for Owls stopper (Thursday August 21 2014)

Gray frustrated by Millwall late show (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Archived Sheffield Wednesday Articles

List All Vital Wednesday Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Derby County 5 2 2 1 4 8
8. Brentford 5 2 2 1 2 8
9. Cardiff 5 2 2 1 2 8
10. Sheff Wed 5 2 2 1 1 8
11. Bournemouth 5 2 1 2 3 7
12. Wigan 5 2 1 2 3 7
13. Brighton 5 2 1 2 1 7

Breaking League News

Deadline day round up: One in, one out
Reading : 02/09/2014 10:00:00
RUFC - Skarz 'Saturday Was A Frustrating Day'
Rotherham : 02/09/2014 09:38:00
Official: Rovers Seal Steele & Tunnicliffe Moves
Blackburn : 02/09/2014 09:26:00
Transfer window closes with no new arrivals
Wolves : 02/09/2014 09:00:00
Birmingham Reject Bid For Gray
Birmingham : 02/09/2014 09:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Will Wednesday do this season?
Suggested By:  
Top 2 19%
Play-offs 24%
Mid-table 51%
Relegation scrap 5%
Relegated 1%