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Toto's Red Card Appealed

9 January 2017

Shrewsbury Town appeal the red card given to Aristote Nsiala against Swindon Town

Shrewsbury Town have announced they will be appealing against Aristote Nsiala’s red card, which he received in the 1-1 draw at Swindon.

Nsiala was given a controversial straight red card in the 53rd minute for a challenge on Swindon’s Luke Norris, which also saw referee Nigel Miller award Swindon a penalty.

The red card means Nsiala was handed a four match ban and Town boss Paul Hurst has spoken to the press on the matter.

“It’s 100 per cent never been a two-footed challenge,” he said.

“We’ve posted the appeal on the fact he clearly wins the ball, of course it’s a strong tackle. But every manager up and down the country would want the centre half, with no goalkeeper in the goal and in a 50/50 tackle, to take everything.

“If he goes in half-hearted and the lad wins the ball and scores – he’s going to get an absolute rocket from myself and everyone’s going to judge him badly and saw that he’s not up for the fight.”

Town will know before Saturday, when they take on Bradford City, whether the appeal has been successful or not.

“For me the thing is – if you scrutinize the footage, which we have done, Toto makes contact with the ball and the other player’s foot is actually higher than Toto’s.

“It might be because he’s made the challenge quickly, but if he waits he’s not going to get the ball at all, so surely it’s better to make contact with the football.

“We’ll see what the decision is, but it’s certainly one we’ve got to appeal.”

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