City appeal against Dublin's dismissal

Norwich City have launched an FA appeal to overturn Dion Dublin's Charlton red card for an alleged head butt on Danny Mills. Dublin was sent off for violent conduct by match referee Jarnail Singh after the late flashpoint at The Valley in the Canaries' 2-0 Championship defeat.

Norwich City last night launched an FA appeal to overturn Dion Dublin's Charlton red card for an alleged head butt on Danny Mills.

Dublin was sent off for violent conduct by match referee Jarnail Singh after the late flashpoint at The Valley in the Canaries' 2-0 Championship defeat.

Norwich chief executive Neil Doncaster confirmed the club will use video evidence in an attempt to quash Dublin's pending three match ban.

The 38-year-old is set to miss this weekend's league game at Wolves followed by the midweek Carling Cup trip to Man City and the televised home match with Sheffield Wednesday.


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“We have reviewed the video evidence, which shows absolutely no attempt by Dion whatsoever to head butt Danny Mills,” said Doncaster. “After the match, a member of our coaching team spoke to the referee, who indicated that Dion had been sent off not for the initial shoulder charge with Danny Mills, but for the subsequent face-to-face confrontation where - in the referee's opinion - Dion attempted to head-butt Danny Mills.”

Under FA disciplinary rules City run the risk of Dublin's initial three-match ban being increased by a further game if the club's Soho Square appeal is dismissed as 'frivolous.'

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City boss Peter Grant offered his full backing to Dublin and insisted Mills should have got his marching orders following a running battle with Darren Huckerby.

“I know Dion Dublin,” he said. “He went with his shoulder and you know sometimes if you do that your head automatically goes forward, but everybody can see as plain as day it's his shoulder that hit him. It was disappointing Danny was involved in both scenarios. We know Danny's a competitor. I've nothing against that, and he's a good player. But there's another side to him as well and he deserved to go.

“I always think it's important you finish a game with 11 players, but I don't think Dion Dublin, in that circumstance, would have head butted Danny. At the age he is now, he wouldn't be wound up like that. I think the disappointment came from the fact that everybody had seen that Mills had done Huckerby. Dion has probably taken retribution with his shoulder, but that's not the way you get it. The best way to answer it is to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Addicks' boss Alan Pardew claimed in his post-match interview Mills lost two teeth during bruising skirmishes with Huckerby.

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