Date:Thursday September 14 2006
The Football Association has rejected City's appeal over Ousmane Dabo's sending off during Monday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Reading.
Dabo was harshly shown a straight red card by referee Howard Webb following an aerial challenge with Steve Sidwell. Webb is gaining a bit of history with City having also sent off Jihai Sun in similar harsh circumstances in last year's FA Cup - I wonder if he's a closet Red by any chance ?
Most independent reports and the TV commentators agreed that the sending off was undeserved. As I predicted in my article earlier in the week, I was convinced the FA would not have the bottle to overturn a referee's decision, even though it was an obvious error, and sadly for us, my fears have been confirmed - shame on you FA !
City will now pay a heavy price as Dabo will serve a three-match suspension and miss the matches against Blackburn, Chesterfield in the Carling Cup and West Ham.
Dabo's red card was the second shown to a City player so far this season following Bernado Corradi's sending off at Stamford Bridge.
Are City being singled out for special treatment? It sure feels like it !
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