Norwich City have failed in an FA appeal to overturn Mark Bunn’s red card for his first-half sending off in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Sunderland.

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Bunn will now serve his one-match suspension at Wigan on March 30 following the international break after he was dismissed by referee Chris Foy in the 30th minute at the Stadium of Light. City appealed on the basis that Bunn had not deliberately handled the ball outside his penalty area in the incident involving Black Cats’ striker Danny Graham, but this was rejected by an FA independent regulatory commission.

A club statement on Norwich’s official site read: “An appeal by City against the red card shown to Mark Bunn by referee Chris Foy during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game away to Sunderland has been rejected by an independent regulatory commission appointed by The FA. Mr Foy dismissed Bunn in the 30th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, when he charged down a back-header from team-mate Michael Turner outside the box under pressure from Sunderland striker Danny Graham. The relevant FIFA law states a player will be dismissed for ‘denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball.’ City appealed to the FA that Bunn had not deliberately handled the ball – but this was rejected and the ‘keeper’s suspension for the forthcoming Wigan game will remain in place.”

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57 comments

  • AND don't even start me on their attitude towards racism!!!!!!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • The really annoying thing is the arrogant secrecy. Will we ever get to hear about whether that lino was even spoken to or sent to have his cataracts fixed? I doubt it!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • This on the same day that they decided the Wigan fullback didn't have a case to answer. I'm sorry but, "Respect" campaign, my bottom.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • yeah, agree entirely. Spent some years as Secretary to a Local Sunday League Team. The times we were called to Norwich to face the F@rts in Blazers at Norfolk FA...big ego's, superiority complexes..never could reason with them...just waited for the fine!!!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • A halitosis of FA pronouncements?

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Blinkered and bigoted, to boot, MB

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • So we are to believe it was a deliberate handball. What world are they living in?

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • ......Here is thought....Rule Change required.....Goalkeepers should not be allowed to come outside of their penalty areas!.... In this case, a leg breaking kick would have resulted in a Free Kick, and no sending off. ......CRAZY...then again we are still only Norwich City!!!!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Stew, Muggas - they`ve blocked my replies again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • What did the FA Kangaroo court not understand about "deliberately handled the ball"? It was plainly obvious from TV footage that Bunn did his best not to handle the ball which hit him in the ribs and then unavoidably bounced up onto his underarm I hope the Club give him a week off and a case of Irish Whisky to drown his sorrows over this blatant injustice.

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Predictable. On its own, the decision is not all that ludicrous. In the context of Calumny MacMaimaman`s violence and Danny Rose`s pat-a-ball, it is beyond belief. The Old F**rts analogy is spot on. These people are ruining the game in order to preserve their sinecures. Lunches, dinners, `fact finding tours`, all that stuff. "Independent regulatory commission appointed by the FA" says it all. Contender for Oxymoron of the Centuries.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Who is the new Top Man? Divot? Battenberg? An apologist bigwig of some sort. There`ll be a huge salary toupee.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • A breath of unfresh air? Superfraligisticextrahalitosis, Even if the sound of it is something quite atrocious. You will always tell the guts that have had the very mostest - Super... etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • And for Zaha a gesture to the crowd is "improper conduct" but trying to take someone's knee cap off is not! Wolves have never been the same since they lost Muskrat - perhaps they can get McManaman on loan.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Newcastle will probably get fined for being honest. The situation is so frustrating for everyone. As Basil Fawlty said "this is exactly how N**i Germany started" Now theres a thought OTBC

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • i reckon the ruling commitee was made up of arry,lambo,and martinez.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • M. Budal, "Independent Regulatory Commission appointed by the FA" is oxym*ronic. Like the self regulation of the banks, or Parliamentary Commissions. Or anything else where the Establishment continues with its happy agenda of self interest. We should no longer be surprised. After all, Tony B liar is Peace Envoy to the Middle East!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • It`s nice and comfy on the Clubbish side of life. Short of invasion by an alien culture, I cannot see it changing. It is firmly Lodged.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • That`s so true, Mr. B. Collective noun offering:- A Buffoonery of Blazerboys.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • They need to change the law or stop giving weekly penalties red cards for clearly unintentional handball.

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    MartinL

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • I read that the Chief Exec of Newcastle, whose player was in recipt of that GBH from Calumny MacMaimaman, has described the FA as "Unfit for purpose". I wonder what dire consequences he may have risked in telling that great Truth? Hauled up in front of the Blazerboys, public humiliation and flogging, fined, banned from his own ground..... Well, it gives the Old F@rts some entertainment before they swan off to a sumptuous lunch in a top restaurant - all on expenses, natúrlich. Competition: Collective noun for the F@rts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • It never went away Sharky

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Is there any chance of Ruddy playing at Wigan, or will it be Lee Camp?

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    Henry

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • The worrying bit is that the Old F**rts baton is being handed down to the Young F**rts. Battenberg will be there soon. Complete with tie, blazer, badges and a job for life. We criticise other Nations for corrupt practices. Surreal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • F.A. from the F.A....Agree with all of you

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Whn they need to take action they do F A ll

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    Sherbert

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Agree with all the contributors but nothing will change. Just keep buying your tickets for more pi** taking.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Perhaps Bunn should have come out Kevin Keelan style with his feet at headheight. Perhaps then the officials would have seen it as ok. So Bunn misses a game for an innocuous brush of the ball and McManaman can play against us after a career threatening lunge. It would be nce if the lino could explain the natural justice of that!!

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • When they need to take action they do F A ll

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    Sherbert

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Can we have the penalty we should have had then?

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • How independent is independent?

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    Muggas Budal

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • So what happens to Rose? Nothing.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • What do you expect from a Bunch of old Farts called the FA !

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    dave123

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • What i dont get is why was there no offside flag for the sunderland penalty. The sunderland player was right behind Bassong so he had to do something which led to the pen. Why has that not been mentioned.CH should have taken a leaf out of Ferguson and blasted the ref got a little fine and then see what decisions go our way!!!!!

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    up the yellows

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • It's clear that the football authorities consider a handball (and wearing the wrong underpants) considerably worse offences than flying tackles, disrespect to officials etc etc. The whole thing's a joke. Iseem to remember Will Carling talking referring to rugby administrators being old f@rts in blazers. It would appear the FA is cut from the same cloth.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • We seem to be following Spain. Where any ball hitting the arm is deemed to be handball and a yellow card. Is that because they dont trust refferees any more.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • In yesterday`s EDP, Divot headlines "Tough times for the men in command". Being apologist supreme for the great and mighty, he goes on to say (paraphrase) "Bunn may or may not have handled the ball outside his area....on those grounds alone Foy was was right to apply the letter of the law". So the "may not" bit does not count? Did Bunn otherwise foul the forward? Pray tell, oh mighty one not on the periphery. Then he describes ex-ref Dermot Gallager as "media mouthpiece". Pot\kettle\black. Whoever floats his boat, Prolix is a paid for ferryman. Young F@rt heading to join the old ones. Without question.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • I thought we would lose at Sunderland so i hold my hands up to CH for his tactics which seemed spot on together with a massive performance from the team to play an hour with only 10 men to secure a well earned point. If it had not been for some appalling decisions and inconsistency from the woeful officials in charge we would i am sure come away with all three points.Chris Foy, Lee Probert ( Everton v Man City) Mark Halsey (Wigan v Newcastle) should all be demoted followimg there performances. Where have all the good referees gone ?

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    Essex yellow

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Ruddy and Tettey back for next game: http:www.physioroom.comnewsenglish_premier_leagueepl_injury_table.php

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Just ask Rio about how much respect the FA deserve.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Doc, I once had a similar problem talking with WivBudgie about a historical site in Essex - Gryme`s Dyke. Fingringhoe seemed to be problematic to the "filters", too. Weird.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

  • Doc, I once had a similar problem talking with WivBudgie about a historical site in Essex - Gryme`s D*ke. F*ngringh*e seemed to be problematic to the "filters", too. Weird. Seems they are still verboten.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

  • ......Bunn was sent off at the 30min stage . He has already served a 60min ban + a further 90mins... If he had committed the alleged foul in the 89th min, and recieved a red card, his punishment would have been 1min + 90mins ban. Something doesn't add up to me!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Way hay, ethered, let's try a different version, Greg, method of holding back the sea in the Netherlands!

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Can we field a team without arms to stop sendings-off and penalties for hand-ball ? Surely removing the players arms (during matches only) would be one way to get around this problem. Alternatively, they could modify the rules which, in Bunn's case are ridiculous.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • I wonder how the site filters will deal with the new bloke at the top of the FA?

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • The "independent regulatory commission" followed it's primary rule: "Uphold the referee's decision if at all possible - because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate." But I wonder if the commission truly understands the consequence of its decision? In effect, they are saying that Mark Bunn is a totally incompetent goalkeeper. For someone whom the authorities, upon extended contemplation, have concluded "deliberately handled the ball", he was way, way off in his attempt to have his hand or arm control the ball - to the extent that he abysmally failed to have his arm or hand be the first part of his anatomy strike the ball. Here's the funny part - he was so inept in his effort to deliberately handle the ball that he allowed the ball to first strike his stomach rather than his arm. Surely Norwich City should fine him a week's wages at least for his abject failure to successfully "deliberately handle" the ball and, consequently, to cause such temporary embarrassment to the referee and the commission. He should immediately offer them his most abject apology. Case closed.

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    dvykns

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • I've just had an anti-racism comment ethered, I wonder what that says about the ethermeisters?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • For what it's worth, I thought the red card on Bunn was correct, based on the TV replays. From the referee's perspective, that was the call. The PK called on Bassong was more questionable since his arm was extended away from the ball. But, failing to play through lent credence to the foul being called. However, both referee and linesman were in error not calling a PK in favour of Norwich when it struck the defender's arm inside the goal area. Was Referee Foy reprimanded for failing to award the appropriate re-start, a penalty kick? Is that ever publicized?

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    Man from the Prairie

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Maybe the Moderators are using the ether`s equivalent of goal-line technology when suspicious words like "d*ke", Fin**i*ghoe", Terry Al**ck" and "Ar*en*l" are about, thus delaying the decision?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • Bunch of overpaid useless idiots in suits = The FA

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Natürlich. Just practising my Arthur Ascii codes, playmates! How about a Superfluity of Sinecurists? Superfluity is often applied to nuns! Father Jack would approve.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • of course we all know that if bunn was playing for man ure or any other big club he would have had the red card overturned!Ahh perhaps not, because he wouldnt have got it in the first place!!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • yeah, agree entirely. Spent some years as Secretary to a Local Sunday League Team. The times we were called to Norwich to face the F@@rts in Blazers at Norfolk FA...big ego's, superiority complexes..never could reason with them...just waited for the fine!!!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • The world has gone mad! A goalkeeper comes out of his penalty area, the ball bounces up hits his chest, brushes his arm and he is sent off and then is also banned for one further match. A player makes a horrendous high tackle which is both reckless and dangerous. His opponent is badly injured and could easily have suffered a broken leg or worse and nothing happens. No foul, nosending off, no ban, no nothing.

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    Mr. B

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • sorry about that ....

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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