Folan pleads his innocence

27 April 2009 08:48
Hull striker Caleb Folan has pleaded his innoncence over his sending off against Liverpool.[LNB] Folan was red-carded shortly before the hour of Hull's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool by referee Martin Atkinson for kicking out at Martin Skrtel as the pair battled for possession.[LNB]Tigers boss Phil Brown had no complaints with the dismissal, but Folan is still at a loss as to why he was sent off.[LNB]"I was trying to get past the defender but he got in front of me and was trying to obstruct me," said Folan. [LNB]"He was making it hard for myself and I don't know whether the referee pulled me for the use of my arm or my foot towards the end. [LNB]"I don't know whether he thought I purposely meant to kick him but I didn't intentionally kick him. I didn't intentionally mean to swing out with my hands or my foot.[LNB]Frustration"It was more a frustration thing. He played it quite cleverly and has made the most of it as well. I didn't feel I made contact with him but the referee didn't explain what it was for.[LNB]"There is a monitor on the way up the tunnel and I had a quick look. I didn't really know what to make of it. It was kind of in the moment. I did swing my leg but what I am trying to say is that I didn't mean to kick him. [LNB]"It was more kicking out in frustration but the referee obviously hasn't taken it like that."[LNB]Folan revealed he will speak to Brown on Monday to decide if the club have any grounds to appeal the red card.[LNB]"I have not spoken to the manager so I don't know what extent the club are likely to appeal the decision. I will speak to the manager on Monday and take it from there," concluded Folan.[LNB]

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