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Town set to challenge Byrne's red card
SWINDON Town will today decide whether or not to lodge a formal appeal to the Football Association over the red card handed to Nathan Byrne in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons.
Byrne was given his marching orders by referee Stuart Attwell in the 51st minute of the contest at stadium:mk following a challenge on Dons defender Shaun Williams, which the official deemed as “reckless”.
Swindon manager Mark Cooper was furious with the decision, but the Advertiser understands he was told by Attwell that the dismissal would not be rescinded in a conversation post-match.
Town are within their rights to challenge the red card and that decision will be made today, and it is believed the Robins are likely to send their case to the relevant authorities.
Discussing Attwell’s actions with the Adver, Cooper said: “He said to me he’s under so much pressure that he had to send him off but there’s nothing to send him off for, I didn’t think.
“It’s just a genuine attempt to get the ball.
“He’s stood on his feet and all he did was stand on his foot. If we carry on like that we’ll end up five-a-side.
“It’s common sense, it’s not a red card.”
Alex Pritchard’s fabulous free kick was cancelled out by Patrick Bamford for the Dons, while Cooper felt Dele Alli was lucky not to also be sent off for a late challenge on Jay McEveley in the second half.
“That’s a sending-off, that’s a leg-breaking tackle, they’re the ones officials should be looking at and saying ‘that’s the one we should be looking to eradicate’,” he said.
“He’s jumped off the floor, Jay McEveley has gone to play the ball and if Jay doesn’t pull out then he breaks his leg.
“It’s not intentional but that’s more of a red card than our one.”
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