Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has reacted angrily to the FA's decision to rescind the red card shown to Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard at the weekend.
Gibson believes that Lampard deserved to have his sending-off against West Ham wiped from the records, but cannot understand how Boro's recent appeal against Jeremie Aliadiere's dismissal ended with an additional game being added to the suspension.
"I am trying hard to make sense of it all," Gibson told The Times. "It astonishes me. The whole system is flawed.
"It was the right decision by the FA to take away Lampard's dismissal as TV evidence showed there was nothing violent, but how can the FA say that was any different to that involving Aliadiere?"
Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has admitted that recent problems over Aliadiere's red card and his own appointment as Boro boss have only served to strengthen the club's resolve.
He added: "I don't think we've been patronised, but it's a wake-up call to us that nobody outside our club will help us.
"Whether it's the FA or LMA, there's been plenty of rubbish thrown at us over the last 18 months and we have to deal with it.
"It gives us a sense of wanting to prove people wrong all the time. We don't get the credit for being where we are."