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McLeish rues Nafti red card

15 Sep 2008 - 11:16:52

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish had no complaints about the sending-off of midfielder Mehdi Nafti during the 1-0 home win over Doncaster Rovers.

Nafti was red-carded just 24 minutes into the game at St Andrew's, being dismissed for a dreadful two-footed lunge on James Coppinger which will earn him a three-match suspension.

McLeish told the club's official website: "It was a sending-off no doubt. Mehdi has been out for three weeks and he was a wee bit off the pace.

"It was two-footed. It was maybe a bit of frustration on Mehdi's part. I don't think he caught Coppinger, but it was the intent of it and the aggressive nature of it.

"I asked him at half-time what happened and he said 'I just couldn't get it, they were knocking it about and I just kind of lunged, so it was a bad challenge'.

"Two-footed challenges are outlawed and it was a bad challenge.

"We don't need his suspension and our discipline needs to be better."


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