PAOLO DI CANIO believes Sunderland have a chance of overturning Stephane Sessegnon’s red card, with the striker facing a ban for the remainder of the campaign.
Sessegnon became the first Sunderland player to be dismissed in the Premier League this season after capping last night’s abysmal 6-1 rout at Aston Villa with a straight red for a high challenge on Yacouba Sylla.
The 28-year-old is due to receive a subsequent three-game suspension, which would rule Sunderland’s reigning Player of the Year out of the relegation run-in.
But head coach Di Canio says he wouldn’t sanction an appeal - which runs the risk of the being extended by a game - if he didn’t think Sunderland had a chance of succeeding.
“If he did something really silly, I’m not going to appeal because you run the risk that they could extend it by another game,” said Di Canio.
“So for sure we are going to appeal.
“We want to try because it’s clear he didn’t go out to do damage.
“The referee thought it was frustration from Stephane, but it wasn’t.
“He didn’t have the leg straight or go to hurt the opponent’s body. It wasn’t intentional.
“It’s not fair that he can remain out for the rest of the season.
“I understand that the referee fell into the trap because it’s obvious the dynamics of the incident can put it into his thinking.
“But I hope they see there was no intention to damage his opponent.”