Derby County fans here in the Tavern are disappointed that they didn’t come away with all three points at the City Ground yesterday, after dominating for large parts of the East Midlands derby.
The Rams are desperate to get their promotion push back on track after going their last seven Championship matches without a win, as Gary Rowett is struggling to rally his troops in what is the most important part of their season. Although, the weekend’s game against Nottingham Forest did see Derby finish with ten-men, after Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a second caution. Indeed, the referee’s decision-making was something that the Rams boss didn’t take kindly to, as according to reports from BBC Sport, Gary Rowett is calling for a change to appeal rules.
Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone received his marching orders in the weekend’s East Midlands derby after receiving a second caution for a foul on Lee Tomlin. And, it’s fair to say that Gary Rowett was far from pleased with the decision of referee Jeremy Simpson, as he said it’s a “disgrace” that clubs cannot appeal against yellow cards after “blatantly obvious” refereeing errors.
Indeed, under FA rules, clubs hoping to appeal against a straight red card must show that an “obvious error” has been made by the referee, but there is currently no rule in place to appeal against “two cautions leading to a dismissal”.
Gary Rowett shared his heartfelt opinion on the red card and the FA’s current rules after the weekend’s draw with Forest:
“There was no contact, there was no foul whatsoever.”
“Unfortunately for us not only do we lose the opportunity to try to win the game in the last 15 minutes, but it’s a double whammy because we now lose him and we can’t appeal it. For that, I think the system is a disgrace.”
“I do not understand why [we can’t appeal] if there’s been a blatantly obvious mistake, which the referee can make, I understand that.”
“For me that should be overturned and I think we have to change that somehow.”
It’s clear to see that Rowett is angered at the decisions made by the referee at the weekend, with there perhaps being a rule change at some point in the future if the incident is looked into. Although, the Rams must quickly move on from this, with their current run of no wins in their last seven games having a negative effect on their promotion chances.
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