Burnley to appeal Marney red card

APPEAL: Dean Marney walks down the tunnel after being shown a red card.

APPEAL: Dean Marney walks down the tunnel after being shown a red card.

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BURNLEY Football Club can confirm that they are to appeal against Dean Marney’s sending off against Birmingham City.

Marney was shown a straight red card by referee Darren Drysdale for a tackle on City defender Paul Robinson an hour into last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor.

Manager Sean Dyche was unhappy with the decision at the time as he queried the referee’s interpretation of excessive force in the challenge, in which Marney appeared to slide in one-footed and win the ball at ground level.

And he confirmed on Monday that the Clarets are to appeal to the FA’s disciplinary department in a bid to overturn the decision and spare Marney a ban.

“We will be appealing. We felt it was the wrong decision at the time and since then we have looked at the incident again in the cold light of day to confirm our belief,” said Dyche.

“We’ve also sought a few opinions from other people that confirm our thoughts, so we will put our faith in the appeals process in the belief we can get the right outcome and have the red card rescinded.”

Marney was sent off with the score at 1-1 and the ten-man Clarets then lost to a last-minute goal from Marlon King.

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