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Colchester United will not appeal Pappoe's red card
8:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
THERE will be no appeal against the red card that Daniel Pappoe received at Bradford.
And Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has confirmed that he may have to bring in another loan player to cover his stretched defence.
Despite video evidence showing the U’s young Chelsea loanee had got the ball, Dunne said they would not be staging an appeal after taking advice on the likelihood of it being turned down and Pappoe’s ban being extended from three to four games.
Dunne said: “We spent a whole morning reviewing it and I still maintain he has won the ball, but it is the force with which he has won it. I spoke to two or three governing bodies for advice whether it is worth pursuing and they could understand how I felt in terms of the ball being won because the referee didn’t send him off straight away.
“He goes over to Mark (Yeates) and sees how he is injured and makes his decision then.
“It wasn’t a red card straight away. We think he went on a shout from another official on our side of the pitch looking down on it and we don’t have footage from that angle.
“The wording used is ‘excess force’ and once they use that you are in trouble unless you have other footage.
“I was told we wouldn’t win an appeal. It’s unfortunate because we have lost a player for three games and, with Josh Thompson also out, I now have no cover at centre-back.
“I need to keep Magnus (Okuonghae) and Tom (Eastman) fit and tailor their training programmes to that because we need them on the pitch.
“I may have to use the loan system again to get cover. If either of them get injured today, I’ll have something done by Monday.”
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