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Morsy Red Card Appeal Rejected
Wednesday, 1st Sep 2021 18:27

New signing Samy Morsy’s appeal against his red card in his final game for Middlesbrough has been unsuccessful.

The Egyptian international, who joined the Blues from Boro ahead of yesterday’s transfer deadline, was dismissed in the 81st minute of the Teessiders’ 1-1 home draw with Blackburn at the weekend, a decision which looked harsh in the extreme.

However, the appeal has been rejected and the 29-year-old will now miss three League One matches.

Morsy will however be able to make his Blues debut in the Papa John’s Trophy tie against West Ham United’s U21s on Tuesday 14th September.

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Dissboyitfc added 18:31 - Sep 1
That’s a shame!

Suffolkboy added 18:41 - Sep 1
Another case of Officialdom being over- protective of its own ?, and ,I wonder if there’ll be any clarification of the reasoning ?
IF a decision is from the outside observers viewpoint ‘ harsh in the extreme ‘ ,then those charged with interpreting and activating the laws of the game should equally be aware of their responsibility to communicate and educate everyone involved, including the general supporting public !
What emerges ,or not, will be very interesting to see !
Whatever, train well S M ,maintain fitness and enthusiasm and all ITFC supporters are only too keen to see you in a Blue Shirt !

ITFC_Singapore added 18:42 - Sep 1
I just watched the incident. How on earth is that a red card ???

Esseeja added 18:45 - Sep 1
There is no point in an appeal system if you are going to protect poor decisions without an actual explanation as to why the decision stands.

billlm added 18:46 - Sep 1
What's happened to football, jeez, never a red card,

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 18:53 - Sep 1
"Harsh in the extreme" indeed! Was the ref just evening up the card score? Stretched after the ball. Hardly dangerous and never a red card, or even a yellow.

htb added 18:58 - Sep 1
That is a shame. I do hope that PC takes this opportunity to start Tom Carroll in place of Lee Evans who I believe has been off the pace in the three games I have seen.

jas0999 added 19:14 - Sep 1
Shame but still a great signing!

strikalite added 19:16 - Sep 1
So the conclusion is that every player when going for a 50/50 ball MUST make the ball, if the player doesn't and it turns out to be a 49/51 ball you'll be sent have half a second to make your decision too..

This guys is where we are now with this game...utterly ridiculous, welcome to a non-contact sport!!!

ronnyd added 19:21 - Sep 1
We have to realise that football is now a non-contact sport.

leftie1972 added 19:22 - Sep 1
That’s laughable!

borge added 19:29 - Sep 1
Unbelievable! How? Just how?

itfcserbia added 19:40 - Sep 1
What's the point of these appeals? It's always rejected. This must be one of the softest red cards I have ever seen.

Bluearmy71 added 19:52 - Sep 1
I can see why a straight red was given, having just now watched the video ITFC Singapore linked us to (thanks bud) and that is the only angle I have seen it from but Morsy's foot was raised and to me it looked like his (accidentally or not) foot then ran down down the Blackburn players shin!!

I'm as p!ssed off as anyone we are not gonna see him for three games and I'd love to see different angles of the foul, its also dependant on how many times the ref had to speak to him during the game etc etc, in all honesty I'd say yellow card myself solely based on that footage but as I said I can see why the red was given especially nowadays!!

OwainG1992 added 19:56 - Sep 1
Wow. What was the red card even for?
Just watched it several times and can't work it out.

Town4me added 19:57 - Sep 1
Just watched it. Ref obviously thought he got the Blackburn red wrong so was just looking for any excuse to even things up. Looked like they just bumped hips to me!

RamRob added 20:06 - Sep 1
The Blackburn player came through with so much force, I don't see what Morsy was supposed to do to avoid it

ringwoodblue added 20:12 - Sep 1
How utterly predictable!

Looks like Evans keeps his place and the captain’s armband for a few more games then.

dav86 added 20:17 - Sep 1

Cadiar added 20:26 - Sep 1
ITFC Singapore, looks like the ref wanted to even things up, very bad decision & even worse one by the appeals board.

BlueyandCrazy added 21:24 - Sep 1
Fookin annoying - given the fact Morsy is exactly what we need now - captain / DM, yet we have to wait another 3 games, this tw?&tish decision could be very costly

norfsufblue added 21:43 - Sep 1
It's quite obviously a red card to even things up....nothing more than that and no way deserves a three game ban

JewellintheTown added 22:35 - Sep 1
Considering some yellows or no cards are more intentionally dangerous than this, it makes a mockery of the game. Softest red I've seen in years. Salt in the wounds is rejecting the appeal.
The boys looking after their own again. What a joke. Erodes respect.

Umros added 23:11 - Sep 1
Ha, the panel are a bunch of jokers, probably the same that think it’s ok for teams to use towels to to facilitate long throws and alter the natural conditions of a game. Those in the hot seat are a waste of time and lack in common sense.

ButchersBrokenNose added 03:09 - Sep 2
How is that a red? I'm not sure I'd even book a player for an accidental challenge like that.

I agree with some of the other posters here: the ref felt the need to make up for his earlier red card and was looking for any excuse. Very poor refereeing, only made worse by the review committee.

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