Boro launch appeal

12 December 2006 08:36
Middlesbrough have asked the Football Association for a hearing in their attempt to beat a charge of failing to control their players in last week's defeat at Tottenham. Both sides were charged following a brawl in the late stages of the White Hart Lane clash on December 5. Boro midfielder George Boateng has already successfully appealed against his red card for his part in a scuffle with Didier Zokora which sparked the melee. The FA's official website confirmed: "Middlesbrough have denied the charge and requested a hearing." Tottenham have until 21 December to respond to the charge. Spurs decided not to appeal against Zokora's dismissal, with head coach Martin Jol saying: "At first I thought he was unlucky to be sent off because he tried to prevent any trouble breaking out. "I've seen it again now and I felt he probably deserved the sending off because, if you are so far away from a situation and run in, it does look aggressive. "You then get a crowd of players coming together and you don't want that."

Source: ESA