HARTLEPOOL United are to appeal the late red card shown to Marlon Harewood at Mansfield Town.
The experienced 35-year-old – who faces a three-match ban – was shown a straight red in the 87th minute after an altercation with Stags captain Jamie McGuire in the 1-1 draw.
Harewood was pulled down on top of the midfielder and while there was a tussle on the floor it wasn’t clear whether the frontman had thrown a punch.
Referee Scott Mathieson, on the advice of his assistant, took a different view and Harewood was given his marching orders while McGuire was only booked.
Boss Ronnie Moore told SportMail it isn’t in Harewood’s character and he confirmed the club would be appealing ahead of the visit of Morecambe tomorrow.
Clubs querying a dismissal have until 1pm today to lodge their appeal with the FA with all the evidence sent in by 5pm. At 6pm tonight an independent panel will meet to make a final decision as the FA speeds up the process over the festive break.
Moore said: “There was no malice in that.
“Marlon wouldn’t scare my missus so I don’t know how he could be involved in anything like that – he isn’t that type of player.
“Their lad has pulled Marlon and he has ended up going on top of him. I don’t think there was a punch thrown, or I couldn’t see one on the video. We want to appeal it.
“It was too hard for him to make a decision for a straight red.”
Moore was less sympathetic with midfielder Michael Woods, who was shown his second yellow card in the 90th minute after needlessly getting involved in a tussle for the ball after a free-kick had been awarded.
Woods ended up wrestling and Mathieson had no hesitation in sending him off the field.
“Michael will get fined, it was stupid,” said an angry Moore. “I said at half-time you are walking a tight-rope – don’t do anything daft.
“Why get involved in it?
“Now he is missing the game tomorrow and we need as many players as possible not to be losing them.
“It is a total lack of professionalism for me because he knew the situation.
“The last thing we needed was to be down to nine men. It is hard enough playing 11 v 11 the mess we are in, never mind that.”
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