Millwall slam ‘archaic’ FA’s appeals process after red card

Date published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 6:42

Millwall have called for a review of the Football Association’s appeals process after winger Jed Wallace’s dismissal at the weekend was upheld.

Wallace was shown a straight red card by referee Tony Harrington for his challenge on Burton’s Tom Flanagan during his side’s 1-0 defeat on Saturday and Millwall launched an immediate appeal.

After the FA upheld the decision, Millwall have described the appeals process as “archaic” and have requested a meeting with the governing body, the Professional Game Match Officials Board and the English Football League.

“The club is extremely disappointed by the decision and believes the result of this appeal calls into question the FA’s entire processes in this regard,” Millwall said in a statement.

“Consequently, the club is now calling on the FA, with assistance from the PGMOL, to review the appeals process to ensure greater consistency and clarity in their decisions.”

Sky Bet Championship club Millwall said senior FA and PGMOL officials and the fourth official at the Pirelli Stadium had privately told them Wallace’s tackle did not warrant a red card.

“Since the rejection of this appeal the PGMOL have gone on record to say they are ‘flabbergasted’ with the decision and confirmed that at no point did anyone from the FA seek their opinion,” Millwall said.

“The club accepts that the current process does not allow for this which is why it is calling for a review into the way the FA judges appeals in order to modernise and, importantly, to ensure proper discussion with the relevant professional bodies takes place.

“It would appear in this instance that the FA have assumed that because the referee has stuck to his position on the dismissal that this too must be the view held by the PGMOL. That is clearly not the case.

“The club’s view is that the PGMOL should be involved in the FA’s appeal process which, as it stands, appears archaic.

“This incident highlights how a lack of appropriate communication has led to a decision which goes completely against the views of several other professionals, including the referees’ own governing body.”

The club added: “Steve Kavanagh, the club’s chief executive officer, has requested a joint meeting with the FA, the head of Judicial services at the FA, the head of the PGMOL and the EFL.”

When contacted by Press Association Sport, the PGMOL declined to comment.

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