clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Bolton To Appeal Ridiculous Red Card

Getty Images

The incident in question starts at the 1:45 mark.

We wrote and ranted about the ridiculous red card that referee Stuart Atwell handed Gary Cahill in the 17th minute of the Tottenhan match. Simply put, it was one of the dumbest red cards ever in the history of football from the referee's perspective. As far as anyone could make out, the red was given for Cahill denying a goalscoring opportunity to Scott Parker but as you can see, the incident happened 45 yards out with Gaz not even the last man back.

After the match, Owen Coyle told the official website that Bolton would appeal the red card, adding:

"As I understand it, the referee Stuart Attwell issued the red card to Gary for the denial of a clear goalscoring chance. I think everyone in the stadium was baffled by the decision. None of us could believe it.

"Tottenham are packed full of everything. They have pace, power, everything and are at the top of their confidence - that's why they are sitting in the top two positions and fighting for honours. And so to play for 75 minutes against them with ten men, that was going to be difficult.

"We battled manfully and did everything we could to stay in the game, creating one or two half chances ourselves. We felt that if we had kept eleven players on the park we would have carved out a few good opportunities.

"We could easily have played eleven against eleven and still have suffered a reverse, but we will never know. We will be appealing Gary's red card as soon as we can and we will see how that pans out."

Hopefully the FA will see fit to not absolutely hate Bolton Wanderers this one time and reverse the travesty of a decision.