Date: 15th January 2008 at 12:37pm
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Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez has shown his anger towards the lack of suspension rules for clubs below Conference level.

Hawks player Brett Poate will be allowed to play in the replay on Wednesday night despite receiving a straight red at the Liberty Stadium for a horrific tackle on Andrea Orlandi.

Alan Tate was shown red shortly afterwards but he will be forced to sit out and serve his 3-match ban.

In the Football League down to the Conference, suspensions kick in straight away while below that level, they take 14 days to take effect.

Roberto Martinez was obviously angered and said:

‘I can’t understand it, Every time I think about it I get upset.

You talk about fairness and a level playing field, especially in a world renowned competition like the FA Cup, and something like this is allowed to happen.”



Brett Poate also shared his views and added:

‘The comments from their manager about us being nasty and not seeing tackles like it before aren’t fair,”

‘We aren’t going to stand off them in the replay either because we know they are a very good team.

‘We’ll be told to be in their faces.

‘I didn’t go in to hurt the guy – I went in hard to win the ball. I had one foot over the ball and caught his leg quite high, but I didn’t mean to do it and I’m not that sort of player.”