Reds Consider Cole Appeal

16 08 2010

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole was sent off on his home debut against Arsenal yesterday.

Referee Martin Atkinson needed little time to make up his mind and show a red card for Cole’s tackle on Arsenal debutant Laurent Koscielny (below). [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=joe+cole&iid=9555456″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9555456/sports-news-august-2010/sports-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9555456″ width=”234″ height=”201″ /]

Roy Hodgson has gone on record saying that he will review the footage and then decide whether or not to appeal against the red card. He has also revealed how the decision left the England midfielder “devastated.”

“He is devastated,” said Hodgson. “It was his debut at Liverpool and a fantastic atmosphere. He was desperate to do well, not playing at the top of his game, but trying even harder to get to that level, and then suddenly he gets sent off.

“He was absolutely devastated and saddened by it all, not least because he’d put us in a difficult position. 0-0 with 10 men gives the advantage to the opposition.

“I’ve seen it on the video. At the time, from our position on the bench, I don’t think either myself or Arsene (Wenger) had a strong opinion on the incident.

“We now have the benefit of TV replays, and those replays suggest to me he was a little bit unlucky because I don’t think he actually dived to tackle the player.

“Joe Cole has got an unblemished record – he’d been previously never been sent off and had very few yellow cards. Everyone who has watched him play will agree he does not go in for ‘blood curdling tackles’, as I heard it described by a radio reporter.

“The fact the player wasn’t seriously injured means we might just be fortunate enough that an appeal might go in our favour.

“It will be a big loss if he is suspended. We will look at the video again and try in some way to find out from referees and experts whether we do have a case for an appeal.

“I don’t want a frivolous appeal, that’s for sure, but it’s a bit early in the day to ask me the question if we will appeal.”

Mark Jepson

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