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Rovers & Spurs Appeals Rejected

Both Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur have had the appeals they lodged against Tugay and Hossam Ghaly sending's off's rejected by the FA.

The two clubs contested referee Phil Dowd's decision to send them off but the FA, or their independent commission have rejected the appeals and stood by Dowd and his officials.

Tugay will now serve a one-match ban, meaning he'll have to sit out the match with Fulham a week Saturday.

"We are very disappointed indeed to have lost the appeal for we felt is was a harsh decision to send off Tugay," said Rovers boss Mark Hughes.

"Not only did we concede a debatable penalty and also lose a key player for a third of the game, but we now miss Tugay through suspension.

"We do not feel that the incident merited that level of punishment."

Things are worse for Spurs' Ghaly, he will serve a three-match ban for his sending off for violent conduct. An offence the Egyptian vigorously denies, which if I am honest I think he has a case. He seemed to lead with the elbow so arguably the intent was there but no real offence took place.

Personally I feel that both were (a) very unfortunate to be sent off in the first place and (b) unfortunate not to see the cards removed.

Until the FA re-think their interpretation of the rules and bring more common sense into their thinking especially into the mandatory amount of games a suspension carries for each offence you are sent off for this kind of thing will keep happening…

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 21 2006

Time: 4:52PM

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Both should have had cards removed in my opinion, but until the FA grow a spine and re-think the way they think (or don't as it more to the point!) justice won't be served! Going by their letter or the law they were right, but this law needs to be looked at again. We say the lack of video replays is costing people but the decision the FA make and won't look to change don't help either do they! A three-match ban for Ghaly could cost him his Spurs career if he can't get back the team as a result!
Hughes Da Man
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21/11/2006 16:59:00

Even with video evidence, the Fa feel they have to back their referees. No matter how ridiculous and overwhelming the evidence against them is!
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21/11/2006 17:08:00

both disgraceful decisions. Tugay's punishment was punishment enough .. Ghaly's 3 match ban is of real concern because you begin to wonder if they are trying to make football a non contact sport. Yes he used his arm to gain height but the video replays clearly show he had withdrawn his arm and it was limp when he connected with Gray. Violent conduct showed be for violent conduct. It should have been a 1 game ban because it happened at the end of the game. I don't see the point in the calls for video evidence as they clearly don't know how to use it
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21/11/2006 17:21:00

i think none of them were reds tugay was a pure accedent and ghaly tried to move his arm and gray did make alot of it
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21/11/2006 17:49:00

Appeals rejected??? absolutely outrageous. As if drawing a game which we were robbed of was not enough, we lose one of our key men due to a disgraceful decision. The FA really need to take a good look at them selves. Whilst it is important to support the referees, they should have the courage to acknowledge when they were wrong. Ah well, we will survive i guess, hopefully we can get a bit of luck before christmas and when the injured boys come back we can climb back up the table to where we should be.
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22/11/2006 05:29:00

Should have been 3 points to Blackburn. :-(
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22/11/2006 07:22:00

True sasman, the FA are rapdily becoming (if they weren't already!) a joke, things like this don't help! Lets hope this luck changes sasman, if/when it does we'll get SOOOO much we'll be flying!
Hughes Da Man
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22/11/2006 09:28:00

It arguably would have been three jogabonito had it not been for the penalty, but since they got it and scored it maybe a draw was a fair result. I know this may sound a biased response but we didn't deserve to lose that much is sure!
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22/11/2006 09:30:00


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