Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has spoken out over attacker Fernando Forestieri’s one-match ban after being sent off against Rotherham United last weekend, report the Sheffield Star.
The Italian was shown a second yellow for his excitable celebrations following Dominic Iorfa’s equaliser ten minutes into second-half injury time following a lengthy second-half stoppage.
“It’s disappointing and it is not right in my opinion,” Bruce said.
“Sometimes a little bit of common sense can go a long way.
“I find it very, very difficult to accept because they were our supporters. He didn’t jump into their supporters.”
The 29-year-old was making just his fourth appearance since returning from an injury that saw him miss eight matches over Christmas and New Years.
He opened the scoring for the Owls at the New York Stadium, only his fourth goal of the season, before Rotherham came back to lead until the 100th minute.
Wednesday currently sit in 15th place with 32 matches played but with a healthy 12 point cushion on the relegation places.
I agree wholeheartedly with Bruce here.
Why are we punishing players for showing passion? Had he taunted the home crowd then yes, that would warrant a yellow card but I honestly see nothing wrong with what he did.
We see it more and more in modern football and it really needs to be stopped before the fun is sucked from the game entirely.