An Aden Flint appeal is probably pointless, according to Cardiff City boss Steve Morison.
Flint was sent off during Cardiff’s most recent fixture, in a 1-1 draw away to West Brom. Flint and West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone were sent off at the final whistle of their Championship match on Sunday.
However, Morison isn’t optimistic that any appeal will be overturned.
“It was all caused by them having a stonewall penalty and the referee not giving it,” said Morison, via Dai Sport.
“We were thankful he didn’t give it, but as for the two sendings-off at the end, I think they grabbed each other to stop the other doing what they were going to do.
“Nothing happened – that happens all the time in a game.
“I will appeal it – as I’m sure they will – but I’m sure the powers that be will overturn it as they tend to back the referee. Hopefully, we don’t lose Aden Flint and common sense will prevail.”
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West Brom were already down to 10-men by the time the incident occurred. Alex Mowatt was sent off in the 76th minute. This continued West Brom’s poor run, as they are now three games without a win.
For Cardiff, it puts them one point further away from the relegation zone. However, the Bluebirds did take the lead courtesy of a 34th minute James Collins goal, so will be disappointed they couldn’t hold on for all three points.
West Brom equalised from a Callum Robinson goal on the 48th minute, and the two sides cancelled each other out from there.
The result puts Cardiff four points clear of 22nd place Peterborough. Morison’s side now have 23 points from 24 games and are 20th in the Championship table.
Cardiff have nothing to lose by appealing, as the ban can no longer be extended for frivolous appeal, as was possible in the past.
It’s unusual for a referee to send off both players in a situation like this, a yellow card for both is much more common. In particular, because it was at the very end of the game.
However, this was a good point for Cardiff and they should be happy overall with their start to 2022.