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Bolton appeal Gary Cahill sending off

December 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bolton have decided to appeal the decision to send defender Gary Cahill off for a tackle on Tottenham's Scott Parker this weekend.

Gary Cahill
GettyImagesGary Cahill is sent off by the referee

Cahill was given his marching orders by referee Stuart Attwell on 17 minutes after stopping Parker from breaking through on the halfway line. However, the Trotters' players and management were furious with the red card and chairman Phil Gartside branded the decision an "absolute disgrace".

Manager Owen Coyle, who has seen five of his players sent off in the Premier League already this season, said after the game: "I will be appealing the decision as soon as I can. It was baffling, bemusing."

Defender Zat Knight has echoed his manager's thoughts when he said: "Perhaps the referee acted a bit too quickly. As soon as the tackle was made, his hand was in his pocket. He could have given himself a few seconds to look at the situation, to look and see where players are on the pitch.

"Gary has tackled him (Parker) just over the halfway line and the referee has sent him off. I think it was a bit harsh. I thought he was going to give him a yellow card because that's what I felt it was.

"I had a word with the referee at half-time and he said he would have a look at the video after the game. But to us the game had already gone. I know Spurs had scored the goal but I felt that we could have got something out of the game. We were only 1-0 down and if we still had 11 men then we would have given them more of a challenge."

It is reported that Attwell will not referee this coming weekend, instead occupying the role of fourth official.