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11th March 2003 12:58

mansfieldtown.net reports that Keith Curle has had news back from his appeal to the FA Appeal Committee to have the two straight Reds lifted.

The panel upheld that the Keith Curle challenge did warrant a straight red, and therefore Curle will be missing the Swindon Town, Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City fixtures.

The Rhys Day challenge that saw a straight red is not as straight forward. The panel agreed with the club, but the referee maintains that the straight red is in fact justified, so therefore the case will be put forward to another committee to have the matter resolved. mansfieldtown.net reports that the fact is, no matter what the outcome, Rhys will definitely be sitting out the match against Swindon.
Evening Post, 11 March 2003

Keith Curle has lost his appeal against his red card against Oldham Athletic and the club is still waiting on whether Rhys Day will suffer the same punishment.

Curle will have to sit out the forthcoming games against Swindon, Huddersfield and Cardiff City after an FA panel sided with referee Paul Taylor over his dismissal following a tackle on Latics striker Wayne Andrews. But Day's fate is less clear because, despite the panel agreeing that a straight red card was an unjust punishment for his aerial challenge with Tony Carss, Taylor has refused to back down and a new panel will look at the incident again in the next day or two.

Curle was disappointed with the decision and said that the system needed to be looked at.

He said: "I think it is a bit of a mockery, to be honest.

"The problem is that football clubs do not get the opportunity to sit face-to-face with the referee and put our point of view to him.

"He gets the opportunity to argue his case but we don't and I don't think that is fair.

"We will just have to wait and see what the decision is with Rhys and we expect to learn soon."

Day had been booked earlier in the game, which Stags lost 1-0, and, if his offence is downgraded to a yellow card, he would still miss Mansfield's home clash with Swindon on Saturday.

Curle, however, is now looking to bring in at least one central defender to fill the void.

He said: "At the moment, I have got one or two phone calls to make.

"I might look to bring in a player who will complement what we have already got or I might look for two defenders who will go together.

"I will just have to see what is about."

Meanwhile, Liam Lawrence is due to face a disciplinary hearing in Birmingham on Thursday after his post-match sending-off in the 5-4 defeat against Bristol City in November.

Lawrence was shown a red card for foul and abusive language towards referee Eddie Ilderton.

If found guilty, he could also receive a three-match ban.


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