AFC Bournemouth have announced that they will appeal Cherries captain Simon Francis’ red card against Arsenal.
Referee Michael Oliver stunned the Dean Court faithful when he showed Francis a straight red card for a foul on Aaron Ramsey.
At the time the game was on a knife edge, with the Cherries leading 3-2 with ten minutes remaining.
Arsenal would go on to score a stoppage time equaliser to share the points.
CHERRIES: #AFCB have confirmed that they have appealed against the red card given to Simon Francis last night
? BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) 4 January 2017
? Wave 105 (@wave105radio) 4 January 2017
Immediately following the game AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports…
‘…I didn’t think it was a sending off on first view, I don’t think his feet were raised enough on contact to warrant a red card, that was my view the first time and my view when I watched it again. So I think we were harshly treated there…’
I thought it was harsh, as it was from the side not the back, he only used one leg really and clearly got the ball. I think the ref thought it was extra harsh because the Arsenal lad was being tracked by another of our players so thought Franno was overkill
Can’t see it being lifted though, I thought appeals were (supposedly) only possible for mistaken identity – Join the conversation here.
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