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Norwich City lodge appeal to overturn Jonny Howson’s Bournemouth red card

06:30 13 January 2015

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is dismissed by Chris Foy at Bournemouth. 
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Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is dismissed by Chris Foy at Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City have lodged an FA appeal to overturn Jonny Howson’s red card from Saturday’s 2-1 Championship win at Bournemouth.

An independent FA panel is now expected to rule on whether the midfielder’s three-game ban should be rescinded to make him available for this weekend’s league game against Cardiff City at Carrow Road.

A decision is likely within the next 24 hours once the independent regulatory commission have viewed footage of the incident which saw Howson dismissed in the 64th minute at the Goldsands Stadium by referee Chris Foy following his tackle on Cherries’ substitute Yann Kermorgant. The 26-year-old appeared to win the ball cleanly with his right leg but tipped up Kermorgant with his trailing left leg.

New City boss Alex Neil suggested Norwich would look to launch an appeal immediately after the victory, having watched the incident from his seat in the directors’ box.

“I thought it was really harsh,” said Neil, in his post-match media briefing. “I was right in line with it and I thought Jonny (Howson) got the ball really clean but obviously the referee had a different angle to me and chose to send him off but we’ll have a look at the video and have a look at it. Potentially we might appeal. At first glance on the video it didn’t look like a sending-off so we’ll get our guys to have a look and go from there.”

Cherris’ counterpart Eddie Howe conceded Foy’s decision to send off Howson was a tough call from the official.

“In terms of the sending-off, I didn’t think it was a great tackle. Whether it was a red card or not is a tough one,” he said. “I didn’t think it was particularly dangerous but that was only my view at the time. I haven’t seen it again. It was tough but the referee from our perspective managed the game quite well.”

If the FA panel uphold Foy’s original decision then Howson will be forced to sit out the upcoming Championship games against the Bluebirds, Brentford and the trip to Birmingham on January 31.

Howson has scored three goals in 18 appearances for the Canaries this season since returning from a knee ligament injury suffered in the pre-season friendly against SC Bastia in France.

14 comments

  • As I said Pondlife, They wouldn't have appealed it if it was an 'Horrendous tackle' like you say. Very few on here thought it was even worth a yellow. You my man need to get to Spec Savers as I said before. The fact that you used those words to explain that tackle tells us all how much you know (or should I say don't know) about football. Lol. If that tackle was 'Horrendous' how would you explain the Roy Keane-Alfie Haaland? By your explanation surely they were practically the same?

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    baguio

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Help me out Baguio I haven't got my glasses. How did Howson's appeal go?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Tim and Tk when you put your good foot in like Howson did you have no control over the other one beyond keeping it on the deck. It looked so much worse than it was and I hope we win the appeal.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Hope Howson gets his appeal upheld, it was a 'soft Red' if ever I have seen one.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Can see now why Rugby is getting so popular, football is becoming a game for babies. Not long before a tackle is followed by tears and a hug from the manager.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Totally agree with you Tim, I said a couple of days back that for me he clearly won the loose ball. When I played such tackles went on all the time as it was seen as a mans game. These days some, probably most refs allow such tackles but the odd one or two do not. I think it is 50 - 50 however as to if the FA will over ride the decision as they prefer to back their refs whenever possible. Howson on the other hand is not a great tackler so it is such a shame that when he does put one in this happens to him.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Colin, in all fairness to Bournemouth I don't think they had time to influence the ref as he was so quick with the red card. I was surprised at the time when I heard it was Howson and I watched it several times and to me it was not a dangerous tackle. It was a foul, but it wasn't two footed. His studs were showing on his leading leg, but the angle of both players meant that it was never a tackle that was going to cause harm to a player. He went competitively for the ball which is what he is supposed to do.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • It looks like he has launched himself to the untrained eye. However, he clearly led with his ball playing right foot, with his left foot behind him. He got the ball with his right foot, but the momentum has meant that his left foot has come through and made contact with the lads, foot (he was also stretching for the ball). The ref must have considered it to be a two footed tackle. It was a great tackle and we should have felt hard done by that it was even a free kick. Perhaps someone should produce some clips to explain what a two footed tackle really is (both feet off the ground and out of control). If you had ever played the game to any standard Pondlife, you'd know the difference.

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    Tim

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Foy couldn't get the red card out quickly enough. Bournemouth are very good at using their image to manipulate decisions into red cards for opponents. This was definitely the wrong call. If this doesn't get rescinded we should all forget about football.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • From the moment he làunched himself it was going to be a foul. He made sure the player was going nowhere. Howson didn't manage anything useful up to that point so unlikely he was going to get a decent tackle in. Bottom line is we did better with ten men and no Howson. He looked tired the rest will do him good

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Oh and I notice he's the oldest of the lot at 52, time to retire? Plus FIFA passed him by ........... must be a reason for that!

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • I notice Chris Hoy's been dropped from Premier League games since the 2nd week in December ......... and not reff'd a clash of any big teams all season. 8 reds in 15 games seems quite trigger happy considering his average is 0.17 reds per game !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • No surprise for most of us but what have you got to say about it Pondlife? It can't have been that Horrendous a tackle can it? Spec Savers to the rescue perhaps?

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    baguio

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Right decision by Alex. If many including Eddie Howe think the ref did not see the whole picture, then it's right to invoke the review process. However, it's maybe ironic that our win arose from an arguably missed handball (a decision against which there is no appeal) and a spirited reaction to the (arguably) unfair red card. In the old days we would go home chanting "We wuz robbed". Now the all-seeing TV eye undermines the ref and reduces the debate to who had the best camera angle. Better in the long run to take the rough with the smooth? That said, I'm still delighted with the win and the 3 points. Let's hope for a repeat 4-2 on Saturday (or better still 4-0 without the first half lapses).

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    MGNdweller

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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