Black Cats launch Hutton ban appeal

26 April 2010 02:15
Sunderland are hoping Alan Hutton can avoid a three-match suspension following his red card in the victory at Hull on Saturday.[LNB] A club spokesperson has confirmed they "are appealing the severity of the sanction" following Hutton's dismissal.[LNB]The Tottenham defender, on-loan on Wearside, was embroiled in an altercation with City striker Jozy Altidore at the end of the first half that resulted in referee Lee Probert dismissing both players.[LNB]Following a challenge between the duo, Hutton sparked the incident by throwing the ball at Altidore, who responded by headbutting the Scot, causing facial injuries.[LNB]Hutton is now poised to miss the final two games of this season at home to Manchester United and at Wolves, as well as the first match of next season.[LNB]Sunderland, though, are to make representations to the Football Association in the hope of seeing Hutton's punishment reduced.[LNB]Believing the suspensions are disproportionate, manager Steve Bruce said: "The two incidents don't warrant each other.[LNB]"He (Hutton) has thrown the ball at his back. It's not going to hurt Altidore, he is built like a horse. He might be angry, but to go and headbutt someone...[LNB]"That was below the belt and Alan is lucky not to be in hospital as he has a cut eye, bust nose and chipped tooth.[LNB]"The letter of the law says if you throw a ball at someone it is a red card, it seems strange, but it's the letter of the law."

Source: Team_Talk