Pools to appeal Peter Hartley’s ‘mistaken identity’ ban

Peter Hartley pleads his innocence as the referee issues a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity with Evan Horwood. Picture by FRANK REID
Peter Hartley pleads his innocence as the referee issues a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity with Evan Horwood. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United will today be hoping the Football Association overturn Peter Hartley’s one-game suspension – insisting the player is a victim of mistaken identity.

The star defender picked up his fifth booking of the season during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United, ruling him out of this weekend’s home clash with Yeovil Town at a time when Pools are already thin on numbers.

But manager Mick Wadsworth is adamant that referee Andy Woolmer got the wrong man when cautioning Hartley and the club will be saying so in an appeal to the FA.

“The only disappointment from Saturday was Peter’s booking because he insists he was nowhere near the situation,” he said, reflecting on the incident in which Evan Horwood appeared to foul Iron forward Bobby Grant.

“It’s his fifth as well and that means a suspension.

“We thought it was for kicking the ball away at one point but then the fourth official said it was for tugging his shirt, but Peter wasn’t in that incident.

“I think we have a case for an appeal with mistaken identity and hopefully it will get overturned.”

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