A number of Portsmouth fans have bemoaned the latest confirmation from the club that forward John Marquis will now serve a three-match ban after their appeal on his red card was unsuccessful.
Marquis was handed a red card somewhat controversially during Portsmouth’s important 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, which came after he had scored his 14th league goal of the campaign to put Danny Cowley’s side into a 2-0 lead. He appeared to take some of the ball, but also catch Harry Chapman a little in the process. It did seem more of a yellow card challenge than a sending-off.
Cowley confirmed to the media after the game that the club would look to appeal the decision and hope that his ban would be overturned. That comes with them needing as many of their most important players available as possible as they aim to consolidate their place in the play-offs which they have managed to regain after couple of much-needed wins.
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Portsmouth’s confirmation of the unsuccessful appeal now means that the 28-year-old will sit out the next three games against Rochdale, Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion. Pompey will now have to find different ways of scoring in the final third to ensure that they continue their winning run.
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) March 31, 2021
Many Portsmouth fans were left frustrated by the decision not to overturn the red card, but also unsurprised with some supporters remarking that the game has gone too soft.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Does the challenge really deserve a 3 match ban?? Blatant dives go completely unpunished and that is out right cheating!! The tackle was a yellow at a push, if they didn’t want to overturn the card surly they could of reduced it to a one game ban?! #Pompey https://t.co/KKbzjapzpC
— Carl Allen (@capfc11) March 31, 2021
No surprise there. https://t.co/03nNxbqf8Z
— Sam Stone (@Sammstone10) March 31, 2021
Games gone soft. Ronan upfront it is! https://t.co/9k7poMDLII
— Alfredo20 🏴🐮 (@UpTheMoos) March 31, 2021
Joke of a decision 😂 https://t.co/TWcMOXudeQ
— Jack Hancock🐮 (@JHancock46) March 31, 2021
He literally got the ball. Games gone lads. https://t.co/fKCFa5nS9s
— Will (@FrattonStation) March 31, 2021
Knew it wouldn’t get overturned, even though there’s nothing wrong with the challenge, poor from the efl as expected
— Declan McGreal🐮 (@McgrealDeclan) March 31, 2021
I don’t see how the red card can stand, yellow at most if anything. Not a malicious tackle and wins the ball 🙄
— Brandon Howsego (@BHowsego) March 31, 2021