Glenn: We'll appeal
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Glenn Hoddle has confirmed that we will appeal against the controversial red cards shown by David Elleray to Gary Doherty and Gus Poyet at Everton on Monday night.
Defender ‘Doc’ appeared to complete a superb sliding block on Kevin Campbell in the 62<sup>nd</sup> minute but Mr Elleray awarded a penalty and sent him off.
A minute later Gus was following him down the tunnel after the referee pulled out a red card when everyone at Goodison Park expected a yellow for a clumsy tackle on Steve Watson.
We superbly hung on for a 1-1 draw with nine men but the post-match talk was all about the man in black.
Glenn arrived at his post-match press conference having talked to Mr Elleray.
He revealed: “Mr Elleray said he would watch the video, so I cannot ask for more than that.
“He said he normally looks at videos. It was done in a very calm way though because we have to have better communication with referees.
“They have a very tough job on their hands and sometimes it’s all about the angle they are looking from.
“But I feel with an appeal they should be reversed.
“I’ve certainly seen during the game and Doherty, well for both, it’s not even a booking. Doc’s is just a wonderful tackle. There is no pulling on the shirt, there is nothing there.
“I just hope if he looks at it and feels if the angle he was looking from, which was a difficult angle, it may have looked as if he brought him down, but we’ve all made mistakes and I hope he sees it that way.
“The lad Doherty doesn’t deserve to get a direct red card for that, no way.
“Gus is a booking. He was a bit clumsy in his tackle. He hooked a leg out and brought him down, Watson’s jumped straight back up — it’s a booking.
“Again, it’s a decision he has to look at. In the heat of the moment it’s difficult.”
Referees can overturn their decisions based on video evidence if clubs appeal.
If Mr Elleray’s decisions stands, Gary and Gus face three-match bans.
By Paul Miles at Goodison Park