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Citizens appeal Barton red

26 Dec 2006 - 10:17:16

Manchester City have appealed against the sending-off of midfielder Joey Barton late on in the 2-0 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

Barton was shown a straight red card for a late lunge on Abdoulaye Faye, although there appeared to be minimal contact made in the challenge.

Citizens boss Stuart Pearce confirmed: "It was not a sending-off in my book. The most the tackle deserved was a yellow.

"It was a little bit of frustration and if you look at it again it was a lunge and only minimal contact was made.

"If we didn't think we had a leg to stand on we would not be appealing and we would take our punishment.

"Hopefully it will be rescinded, because I honestly do not feel it was a red card offence."


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