United appeal after Constable's red card

Herald Series: Wimbledon’s Will Antwi takes avoiding action as he and James Constable go up for a high ball. The Oxford United strriker was sent off for dangerous use of the elbow, for which he will receive a four-match ban, if the club’s appeal fails Wimbledon’s Will Antwi takes avoiding action as he and James Constable go up for a high ball. The Oxford United strriker was sent off for dangerous use of the elbow, for which he will receive a four-match ban, if the club’s appeal fails

Oxford United will appeal to the Football Association this morning in a bid to overturn James Constable's dismissal at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The striker was shown a straight red card for what referee Lee Collins deemed to be an elbow on Will Antwi.

It astonished the visitors, who were backed up by television replays which showed the 28-year-old’s arms were nowhere near the centre back’s head.

The decision did not affect the result, as United were able to see out the remaining 20 minutes to seal a fine 3-0 win, but it could have big implications.

As it was Constable’s second sending-off this season, ‘Beano’ is in line to miss four big games, starting at home to Cheltenham Town tomorrow.

It would be a huge blow for the side, with the striker’s return to form coinciding with a strong run of results.

Chris Wilder was livid with the decision, which he felt stemmed from a clash between the pair moments earlier, when Constable had ended up falling into advertising hoardings at the side of the pitch.

The United boss had no doubt the official had got it wrong and immediately stated the club would appeal.

He said: “I just think the referee has been sucked into a little bit of argy-bargy.

“There was a little bit of a get together when they were in and around the boards and they had a word with each other.

“But the referee looked at it and just absolutely overreacted, it’s frightening.

“He should see through it, if that’s (Antwi)’s standards that’s poor, to get a fellow professional sent off.

“We don’t do that. Damian (Batt) got smashed by a tackle in the first half, but he didn’t roll about.”

It was unfortunate the red card tainted an otherwise excellent afternoon for the U's, who climbed to 14th in the npower League Two table – their highest position for more than three months.

First half goals from Alfie Potter and Sean Rigg put the visitors in control, before Tom Craddock made the game safe after the break.

Aside from Constable, United have no new injury concerns for tomorrow’s game and have Tony Capaldi available after suspension.

Cheltenham head into the game third in the table and will be well rested after Saturday’s clash with Bristol Rovers was postponed by a waterlogged pitch.

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7:26pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Hopefully will spend his suspension kicking a ball at a barn door
Hopefully will spend his suspension kicking a ball at a barn door Beau champ mummy
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9:02am Tue 1 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor..
Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor.. Chish and Fips
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10:16am Tue 1 Jan 13

mandate says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor..
So how is he supposed to head a high ball? Both feet on the ground would make that impossible. It's not snooker you Swindon moron. Try thinking before you comment.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor..[/p][/quote]So how is he supposed to head a high ball? Both feet on the ground would make that impossible. It's not snooker you Swindon moron. Try thinking before you comment. mandate
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11:14am Tue 1 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

mandate wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor..
So how is he supposed to head a high ball? Both feet on the ground would make that impossible. It's not snooker you Swindon moron. Try thinking before you comment.
Normally when you jump you tend to fling your arms out - you plonker.!!

Oh dear Mandater your posts on here never improve do they - why do you bother.
[quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Sounds like he could get it rescinded, but in saying that, the above picture does him no favours - his elbow is right in line with the other guys bonce and he has both feet off of the floor..[/p][/quote]So how is he supposed to head a high ball? Both feet on the ground would make that impossible. It's not snooker you Swindon moron. Try thinking before you comment.[/p][/quote]Normally when you jump you tend to fling your arms out - you plonker.!! Oh dear Mandater your posts on here never improve do they - why do you bother. Chish and Fips
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1:36pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Magiltonmagic. says...

Before making a comment on our players can I suggest you see the incident on TV? You will then clearly see it was'nt even a foul let alone a red card!
Before making a comment on our players can I suggest you see the incident on TV? You will then clearly see it was'nt even a foul let alone a red card! Magiltonmagic.
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2:09pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Before making a comment on our players can I suggest you see the incident on TV? You will then clearly see it was'nt even a foul let alone a red card!
Read my initial post and it was aimed at the above picture - I never said it was a foul or deserved a 'red' and to be honest I don't really care, it was just a non abusive observation.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Before making a comment on our players can I suggest you see the incident on TV? You will then clearly see it was'nt even a foul let alone a red card![/p][/quote]Read my initial post and it was aimed at the above picture - I never said it was a foul or deserved a 'red' and to be honest I don't really care, it was just a non abusive observation. Chish and Fips
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2:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Magiltonmagic. says...

As you "dont care"why comment at all? and why do you continue making comments on our club?
As you "dont care"why comment at all? and why do you continue making comments on our club? Magiltonmagic.
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3:19pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
As you "dont care"why comment at all? and why do you continue making comments on our club?
Just to enlighten you - its open house ... same as with other clubs pages ..
I can say I don't care about the outcome of the review which is true.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: As you "dont care"why comment at all? and why do you continue making comments on our club?[/p][/quote]Just to enlighten you - its open house ... same as with other clubs pages .. I can say I don't care about the outcome of the review which is true. Chish and Fips
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6:53pm Tue 1 Jan 13

cleverswindler says...

If you don't care Chish, then why bother to comment? it seems none of us are really that interested.
If you don't care Chish, then why bother to comment? it seems none of us are really that interested. cleverswindler
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8:45am Wed 2 Jan 13

BigOx22 says...

I hope it gets taken away. If it does they need to look at the wobble who lied and cheated to get another player sent off. Maybe he should be suspended? The standard of Refs throughout the UK is dreadful! They really need to look at them. Or make sure they use the refs from higher leagues in the lower leagues some weeks.
I hope it gets taken away. If it does they need to look at the wobble who lied and cheated to get another player sent off. Maybe he should be suspended? The standard of Refs throughout the UK is dreadful! They really need to look at them. Or make sure they use the refs from higher leagues in the lower leagues some weeks. BigOx22
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12:21pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Brenda Jackson says...

Beano has very little chance of the appeal succeeding, not because he was 'Guilty' but because the muppets at the FA won't criticise their own employee.
Despite video evidence that exonerates JC.
Beano has very little chance of the appeal succeeding, not because he was 'Guilty' but because the muppets at the FA won't criticise their own employee. Despite video evidence that exonerates JC. Brenda Jackson
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