Manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Aston Villa will appeal the straight red card shown to Neil Taylor in today’s game against Bolton Wanderers.
The Welsh international left back was shown the straight red for a stoppage time foul on Adam Le Fondre by match day referee Jeremy Simpson and Bruce is pretty confident that the Football Association will overturn the decision as it was a yellow card offence at best.
Should the Football Association be as idiotic as a poor, poor referee and not overturn the decision, Taylor will be facing a three match ban and would be ruled out of games with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Birmingham City.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail immediately post game, Bruce joked it had been a ‘tough’ afternoon for the referee.
‘I`ve just looked at it again and there has been a lot of challenges similar to that if I`m being honest. It was a foul and probably a yellow card but in my opinion it`s not red because he`s not shown his studs.’
‘He`s tried to kick the ball so in that respect the referee has got it wrong. It`s been a tough afternoon for him. Plenty of challenges went awry and the game was littered with fouls like that so I hope he thinks ‘let`s have a look and rescind it` – it would be a yellow rather than a straight red.’
Most fans are probably wondering how Simpson found the pitch and didn’t end up in Scotland based on the rest of his decision making on the day.
‘It was a difficult afternoon for him (Simpson) on a quick pitch and some of the physical challenges were shuddering. Those two centre-halves have kicked Kodjia and Keinan all afternoon.’
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