Middlesbrough are not exactly safe from an end-of-season relegation dogfight and the Jeremie Aliadiere blow is certainly a kick in the teeth. The French striker was sent off during Boro’s 3-2 defeat a Liverpool in the English Premier League on Saturday for slapping Javier Mascherano but on Monday the club appealed against the sending off.
The FA didn’t only just reject the appeal but also termed it “frivolous”. This implies that Aliadiere will sit out for one more game in addition to the three that is a rule when any player gets a direct red card. This will render him useless for the massive game with Arsenal.
Middlesbrough were indeed foolish to appeal against the red card. After all, it was the Frenchman who was at fault in the incident and the club ought to have accepted that.