Hefty ban for Sunderland's Turner

22 December 2009 05:26
Sunderland defender Michael Turner has been handed a hefty four-match suspension after he was sent off against Manchester City on Saturday.The 25-year-old was sent off in injury time of Sunderland's 4-3 defeat for catching City midfielder Gareth Barry with an elbow in an aerial challenge. [LNB]The Football Association added an extra game to the ban for wasting their time. [LNB]The FA has also asked Sunderland manager Steve Bruce to explain his comments after the game. [LNB]Bruce, who has until 31 December to respond to the FA's request, had asked referee Andre Mariner to look at Turner's red card again. [LNB]"I hope he [referee Andre Mariner] can have a look at it and he can see it was a shuddering challenge between two of the most honest professionals you are going to get.[LNB] Have your say on the game "Michael Turner got higher. That is the only reason he has caught Gareth Barry. [LNB]"You have got to raise your elbows when you are jumping for a ball. I might as well tell my centre-half not to head it next week because he might get sent off. [LNB]"I hope the referee looks at it again. I doubt it, though." [LNB]The FA said Turner's appeal over the red card had had "no prospect of success" - hence its decision to add a game to the normal three-match suspension. [LNB]The ban rules Turner out of the three Premier League games against Everton, Sunderland and Bolton as well as the FA Cup tie against non-league Barrow.

Source: BBC_Sport