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Burnley appeal against Duff card

Published 05/05/2015

Burnley have appealed against Michael Duff's red card
Burnley have appealed against Michael Duff's red card

Burnley have appealed against the red card shown to defender Michael Duff in Saturday's defeat to West Ham.

The 37-year-old centre-back was sent off by referee Jon Moss for bringing down Cheikhou Kouyate midway through the first half.

Duff was deemed to have denied the West Ham player a goalscoring opportunity inside the penalty area, with Mark Noble scoring the only goal of the game from the spot as a result of the foul.

Burnley had until 1pm on Tuesday to submit their appeal to the Football Association and, in a statement on burnleyfootballclub.com, they confirmed they had now done so.

The appeal will now be considered by an independent disciplinary panel.

After the match, Clarets manager Sean Dyche criticised Moss' decision to dismiss Duff.

"I've got no problem with the fact it's a penalty. I think there's a stadium full of people who are very surprised it's a sending-off," he said.

"I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised. I think the subs were surprised it was a sending-off.

"I think the groundsman was surprised it was a sending-off, I think the linesman was surprised it was a sending-off.

"I think there was a tube station nearby where they were surprised it was a sending-off.

"When you really need decisions to be right, in my opinion it wasn't right.

"It's a massive moment in a game like this. That changes everything. It's hard enough to win games at this level 11 v 11.

"It's a real sadness to me that at this stage of the season and these vital games I'm having to speak about a referee's decision which quite obviously changed the game."

Forward Ashley Barnes admits the players had no argument with the penalty but it is the frustration of failing to turn a good performance into points again.

The Clarets are eight points from safety, have won once in the last 15 league matches having lost their last four 1-0 and have not scored since March 14.

"We've shot ourselves in the foot again," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"Yes things have gone against us, of course, but you can't just look at that, you've got to look at yourselves and take it from there.

"We should have won, it was a must-win game, we all knew that and I just feel dejection.

"As a group of players we need to step up to the mark. It's slipping out of our hands but we need to pull it back and win the next three now.

"We'll have to pick ourselves up for a massive game at Hull. It's going to be a massive uphill battle but it's one that we won't give up on yet.

"We'll have a good week in training and we'll give it our all."

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