Magpies contest Bassong red card

18 May 2009 02:56
Newcastle have appealed against Sebastien Bassong's dismissal in their 1-0 defeat by Fulham on Saturday. The 22-year-old Frenchman was shown a straight red card by referee Howard Webb after tangling with Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara. Bassong is set to miss the club's final game of the season at Aston Villa on Sunday, unless his appeal is upheld by an FA regulatory commission on Tuesday. The defender has started 30 games since joining from FC Metz last summer. An FA statement said: "The FA has received a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United defender Sebastian Bassong. "Bassong was shown a red card for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during Newcastle's match against Fulham on May 16. "A regulatory commission will hear the claim on May 19." Magpies manager Alan Shearer already has Habib Beye doubtful for the trip to Villa Park with a hamstring injury while, with relegation a real possibility, Shearer also has strikers Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins both battling groin problems. A draw against Villa would keep Newcastle in the top flight providing Hull lose at home to Manchester United. However, Newcastle would have to win if the Tigers got a point while a victory for Phil Brown's Hull side would ensure they finished above the Magpies regardless of what happens at Villa Park.

Source: BBC_Sport