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Mullins hard done by?

Pompey's appeal against Hayden Mullins' sending off against Coventry on Tuesday has failed.

By all accounts the club were pretty confident that this would be overturned although following an appeal to the FA this was not the case with Steve Cotterill, as he told The Pompey Site, having this to say: 'I'm obviously disappointed. The lads here had put together a really good case.

'I didn't think it was even a penalty, but that's the second time in three games that I think we have been harshly treated.'

As a result Mullins will sit out the Cardiff game tomorrow.

You know what, we will miss the guy - now who would have thought any of us would have said something like that 12-15-months or so ago!

In missing this game he also loses his record as potentially going through the season as the only outfield player to feature in every game...

To be honest I have seen no footage of the incident, I only saw it as it happened and even then to say I 'saw it' would not be entirely true as I did not see the incident clearly at all - even so it sounds as though Mullins has been hard done by, not once but twice?

Once with the sending off and twice as this appeal has been thrown out...

So, what do you reckon guys. Was Mullins harshly treated and the appeal rejection double punishment, or was the right decision made on both counts?


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday April 15 2011

    Time: 10:58AM

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    its on the BBC site, hit his thigh onto his arm but as far as the appeal goes his arm not by his side and it does move, so letter of the law, penalty and sending off, harsh but ref not obviously wrong, on this decision anyway, to get decision overturned.
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    15/04/2011 11:25:00

    But surely, once it hits his thigh it is no longer going goalwards. It may be a penalty, but a red card it is not. (A) It was not deliberate and (B) It wasn't going in, an obvious goalscoring opportunity was not stopped (ignoring the fact that Ashdown was right behind him ready to scoop up the loose ball)
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    15/04/2011 11:41:00

    We would have called for it had it been Coventry, bit of a red herring this one and diflecting people from the fact that Pompey had enough chances but blew it yet again. You will check back and note that almost every time Cot loses it's down to the Ref; he's getting quite a rep in this league.
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    15/04/2011 13:51:00

    still have not seen it but still, from what i hear, reckon he was hard done by but hey ho you move on...
    cotts MUST stop blaming everyone else bar himself/the players (at least certain player in particular) for defeats.
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    15/04/2011 16:24:00

    I had a good view of the incident and Frippy is absolutely right. Ashdown was on hand and the ball would not have gone in. It was ball to hand alright but was not a sending off or a penalty so what is the point of an appeals procedure then?
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    15/04/2011 21:11:00

    Right Dave, the only point of an appeal, is to pay a bunch of idiots just to make teams suffer another ban for the appeal, but not this time, so they know their wrong.
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    16/04/2011 09:17:00


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