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Blues lodge Terry appeal

15 September 2008 01:07
Chelsea have launched an appeal to the Football Association claiming John Terry was wrongly sent off in Saturday's 3-1 win at Manchester City. The England captain was dismissed for serious foul play in the closing stages of the Eastlands clash and the FA's Regulatory Commission will consider the appeal on Tuesday. Terry saw red for bringing down City striker Jo near the halfway line, but referee Mark Halsey confirmed after the game that the defender's sending-off was for serious foul play rather than for a professional foul. If Terry's appeal fails he will miss the Premier League games against Manchester United and Stoke City as well as the Carling Cup tie against Portsmouth. Chelsea are adamant that Terry should only have been booked as Ricardo Carvalho was close to the action and could have tackled Jo. However, serious foul play is classed as when a player "uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play".

Source: ESA