Referees to appeal disciplinary decisions to the FA?
The shoe’s on the other foot now!
For those of you who think the FA’s disciplinary and appeal process is convoluted enough, cover your eyes now. The Professional Game Match Officials Board, the body which represents the country’s top referees, has written to the Football Association for an explanation after Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel’s red card against Liverpool was rescinded.
A Premier League spokesman said: “The PGMO just want to be sure on why the appeal panel found the way they did.”
So Friedel is sent-off, Aston Villa appeal, the FA overturn the red card, and now the referees want to know why. How long before they start counter-appeals and we suddenly have six-month court cases over a sending off?
OTP will try to avoid that scenario after the jump.
Further to your recent correspondence with the FA, Off The Post would like to intervene to help clear matters up.
Brad Friedel’s red card was overturned because having someone run into you while making no attempt to impede them is not a sending off offence.
We hope this answers your query.
Off The Post
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