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Appealing Manning’s red card – A decision that could backfire?

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Swansea City manager Russell Martin has confirmed that the club will appeal against Ryan Manning’s red card during Tuesday night’s 5-1 drubbing at home to Championship leaders Fulham – but could that be a decision that backfires?

To me, on first viewing, it looked like a sending off and that we couldn’t have many complaints. Having watched the replays below, you can understand why the referee has given it. He was out of control, sliding in with his studs showing and foot raised. In the current day’s laws of the game it’s surely a red?

Did Ryan Manning deserve a red card vs Fulham?

No

No

Yes

Yes

Therefore I cannot see how we get it rescinded.

Even former referee Mark Halsey tweeted that it could “easily” have been red, I assume he wasn’t aware that he was sent off:

Due to his red card at home to Blackburn Rovers only a month ago, Ryan Manning is set to serve a four-match ban with the possibility of an extension to that if the club’s appeal fails.

Commenting on the red card decision, Russell Martin said:

“We will appeal, he (Ryan Manning) will get four games anyway because he has been sent off before,”

“After watching it back numerous times, in my opinion it was a poor decision.

“I couldn’t believe how quickly he got the red card out and I think everyone was really surprised.”

Hopefully the appeal is successful as we’ll miss the balance he provides on the left side of our defence.

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