NEWCASTLE United have appealed Loic Remy’s Carrow Road red card – in the hope he’ll be cleared to face Sunderland.
The forward was sent off in Tuesday night’s goalless draw against Norwich City after clashing with Bradley Johnson.
Remy put his head to Johnson’s, though he did not strike the midfielder.
United manager Alan Pardew initially suggested the club would not appeal the dismissal, which means Remy will be suspended for Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby and the fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Asked by the Gazette if Newcastle would seek to the card overturned, Pardew said: “I’m not so sure.
“They hands were raised. The heads came together.
“He hasn’t head-butted him, for sure, but that might be enough.
“Once Johnson did that stupid reaction, when he made out he was head-butted, the crowd went bananas, and I felt sorry for the referee (Chris Foy). He only had one decision to make.”
The appeal will be heard by a FA Regulatory Commission later today.
Norwich have also appealed the red card shown to Johnson.
If Remy’s appeal fails, and it is deemed “frivolous”, he could be banned for a fourth game.