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Rovers to consider red card appeal

Tony Mowbray says the club could contest the two dismissals against Crewe

3 December 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says the club will consider appealing the red cards shown to Rekeem Harper and Elliott Bennett during Sunday's 3-3 draw with Crewe.

Mowbray's men went 3-0 up before the duo were controversially dismissed, Harper for a foul inside the area before the break and Bennett for an off-the-ball incident in the second half.

Asked to comment on the respective decisions after the game, Mowbray said: “I’ll have to go and read the rules.

"I’m not sure you can send someone off and give a penalty unless it’s violent conduct. I’m baffled by that one [Harper's red card].

"We got caught, but I’m not sure it was a sending off.

“It has to be a learning curve for Rekeem. I haven’t seen enough of him but he’s a fantastic athlete, a fabulous technician - he’s got wonderful attributes.

“I’ve watched back Bennett’s red card, it looks like they’re both on the floor and fighting for the ball, they get their legs tangled – but I don’t know.

“Knowing Elliott’s personality, I’d be surprised if he’s deliberately kicked out at the kid.

“I need to see it again. I think it’s the linesman who’s recommended the red card, but let’s see.

“I’ll have a look and decide if we’re going to appeal. I’ve watched back our videos but the cameras are a long way away and you can just see a tangle of legs.

“I just hope they [the officials] go and watch the decisions they’ve made. As long as they look at it and try to get better, it will benefit everyone."

Rovers and Crewe will meet in a replay at the Alexandra Stadium on Tuesday December 12th (7:45pm kick-off). 



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