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Middlesbrough furious at FA for branding red card appeal 'frivolous'

Middlesbrough furious at FA for branding red card appeal 'frivolous'

Middlesbrough officials are furious that the Football Association has described a red card appeal by Jeremie Aliadiere as "frivolous" and increased his ban to four matches.
"We are appalled at the decision and the entire process," Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb said on the club's Web site. "How can nameless, faceless people on a commission decide that our genuine claim for equality and justice be dealt with in such a flippant manner?
"It is a disgraceful comment to suggest our claim was frivolous."
Aliadiere was sent off in the 85th minute in Middlesbrough's 3-2 loss at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday for slapping Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano in the face. In its decision Tuesday, the FA rejected an appeal and added one game to the initial three-match suspension because the claim "was considered frivolous."
Lamb said the decision proved the FA favored bigger clubs, such as Chelsea. He said Aliadiere only reacted with "a light flick of the hand" when Mascherano grabbed his face. Mascherano was not punished.
"We considered Jeremie's dismissal to be extremely harsh," Lamb said. "We find the inconsistency displayed in this whole incident unacceptable and quite unbelievable.
"How on earth can Jeremie Aliadiere think he has been treated fairly in this whole charade when the outcome is clearly a travesty of justice?"
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Updated : 2021-04-13 23:39 GMT+08:00