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QPR Captain Shaun Derry Claims FA Decision to Not Overturn Red Card is Both ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Bizarre’

by Mr Neutral

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Shaun Derry & Ashley Young

Strange to say the least.

QPR captain Shaun Derry criticises FA over appeal

QPR’s Shaun Derry has described the Football Association’s decision to uphold his red card against Manchester United at Old Trafford as “ridiculous”.

Derry was sent off for a foul on Ashley Young during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat.

Replays showed minimal contact with Young, who was in an offside position when the ball was played.

“There was no explanation as to why it was not overturned, or any indication of why I got sent off. The whole scenario is quite bizarre,” he said.

“I don’t know what they do at the FA, but it’s not working.”

SOURCE: BBC Sport

It does seem more than a little bizarre to me also. On closer inspection, or even after a cursory glance at the replay, it seems fairly obvious that any contact between Derry and Young was minimal, if indeed there was any contact at all, and for the decision to send off the QPR man to not be overturned is a little bizarre.

Mind you this comes in the week when Mario Balotelli’s stamp on Alex Song was not deemed worthy of further repercussions so no one can be all that surprised at yet another mindless decision.

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