Belfast Telegraph

City lodge Kompany appeal

Manchester City will learn on Tuesday if their appeal against captain Vincent Kompany's dismissal against Manchester United has been successful.

The Football Association this afternoon confirmed they had received City's appeal against Kompany's dismissal in Sunday's explosive FA Cup tie.

Kompany was shown a straight red card for a challenge on United's Nani after 12 minutes of a game City lost 3-2.

A hearing will now take place on Tuesday afternoon and City will be notified of the outcome later in the day.

Kompany, 24, is due to serve a four-match ban for the offence starting with the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Wednesday.

If the appeal proves unsuccessful he will also miss the return leg as well as Barclays Premier League games against Wigan and Tottenham.

City manager Roberto Mancini announced he would appeal immediately after the game at the Etihad Stadium, saying he not only disagreed with the decision but that he felt United striker Wayne Rooney pressured referee Chris Foy into showing red.

Rooney on Monday used Twitter to express his thoughts on the matter, and wrote: "Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i didn't give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle."

Mancini himself was criticised for waving an imaginary red card after an incident in his side's defeat of Liverpool last week, and he felt Rooney's actions were of a similar nature.

"It was not a red card," Mancini said. "Rooney told him his decision. When I did this against Liverpool, people told me not to do it. I said I was sorry and made a mistake."


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