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Mido offered total support
18 Mar 2008 - 11:20:02
Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere has voiced his support for team-mate Mido over his sending-off in the 1-1 weekend draw at Arsenal.
Mido was shown a straight red card for catching Gael Clichy in the face with a high boot, but Aliadiere, along with both managers, felt that the Egyptian frontman had been harshly treated.
He told The Gazette: "I think Mido's red card was even worse than mine to be honest. Hopefully, it will be overturned and he won't have to go through what I did.
"I feel sorry for Mido because I know what he is going through. It is hard when you are sent off for something like that.
"It was the wrong decision and we don't need to have another player out for a long period of time."
Boro boss Southgate had also spoken up for his player after the game, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger also feeling that Mido was unlucky to be red-carded.
He added: "Funnily enough I didn't think there was any intention there from Mido.
"I believe the referee gave the red card when he saw the injury, because he was bleeding on the top of his head, but it was very difficult to assess that he wanted to hit him on his head, I don't think so."