Josh Earl Red Card Upheld After Appeal

  • November 27, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Josh Earl will serve a one-match suspension after an appeal against his red card in Bolton's defeat at Accrington Stanley was rejected by the Football Association.

Earl, who is on loan at Wanderers from Preston North End until January, was dismissed just 13 minutes into Saturday's game at the Wham Stadium having been adjudged by referee Anthony Backhouse to have committed a professional foul.

Under rules introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2016, fouls which deny an obvious goalscoring opportunity do not necessarily incur a sending off.

Players deemed to have denied a goalscoring opportunity with an accidental foul - one where they have made a clear and obvious attempt to win the ball - will be cautioned, while deliberate fouls including holding, pulling, pushing, violent conduct, deliberate handball and challenges where there has been no attempt to play the ball will result in a red card.

In agreement with referee Backhouse, a Football Association appeals panel came to the conclusion that Earl's actions fell under the category of 'holding' and that there had been no clear attempt to win the ball in his challenge.

He will sit out the League One fixture at home to AFC Wimbledon on December 7.

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