Bradford City disputing Nathan Doyle red card

Phil Parkinson tries to help restore order as Nathan Doyle is held back during the fracas that resulted in the City midfielder being sent off

Phil Parkinson tries to help restore order as Nathan Doyle is held back during the fracas that resulted in the City midfielder being sent off

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City are expected to fight Nathan Doyle’s contentious red card from the draw at Bristol Rovers.

Phil Parkinson is likely to appeal the decision after TV replays showed no evidence of Doyle kicking Rovers midfielder Seanan Clucas.

Doyle faces an immediate three-match ban following the stoppage-time fracas after Clucas went in late on James Meredith.

Referee David Phillips also sent off the home side’s Wayne Brown for a second yellow – with Rovers arguing that he got the wrong man.

Fourth official Timothy Wood told Parkinson that Doyle was dismissed for kicking out after Phillips had not given the City boss an explanation.

Parkinson said: “I was right in the middle of it and told the referee he didn’t need to send anyone off. He just had to deal with the lad who made the tackle.

“Doyley assured me he did run over to have a go at the lad. When you see a tackle like that on one of your team-mates, you half expect someone on our team to be frustrated.

“But nobody got kicked, no-one throws a punch and if it’s appealable, we will.”

Parkinson hailed the spirit of his side for equalising three times in Saturday’s 3-3 draw – their 11th game in a hectic five-week spell.

“The way the lads responded shows the immense belief and character in that dressing room,” he said.

“We’ve had loads of games and another long trip down but, in fairness, I thought we dominated.

“We had to do it the hard way. When you score three you expect to win and the way we’ve defended of late, we should do that.

“But you’ve got to remember there were some tired legs out there. We started slowly but were tremendous for the rest of the game and played some great football in difficult conditions.”

City are finally without a midweek game and the squad have been given an extra break from training ahead of Friday’s FA Cup clash with Brentford.

Parkinson said: “I told them before the game that if we got a really good performance, we’d give them plenty of time this week to re-energise the batteries. Mentally and physically they’ve done well and they need it and so do the staff.

“When we come back in the middle of the week, we’ve got to be ready to go again for another run of games. But we’re enjoying it because they are a strong set of lads and good players.”

Meanwhile, Guy Branston has apologised for his reaction to scoring the first Rovers goal.

The former City defender, who only joined on loan on Thursday, nodded home in the opening minute and then celebrated in front of the away end.

Branston said: “It was my first touch for my new club and I let my emotions rule my head. I would never disrespect the Bradford fans like that.

“But I realised what I’d done and I made a point of not celebrating when we scored again.”

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8:41am Mon 26 Nov 12

irish bantam says...

A lot of tired legs and at the end of the day a good point. My only criticism is that i thought duke could have done better with their 2nd goal ,...... He seemed to dive after the ball had hit the net and i thought it was a poor goal to concede. The rest this week will be a welcome break for the players.
A lot of tired legs and at the end of the day a good point. My only criticism is that i thought duke could have done better with their 2nd goal ,...... He seemed to dive after the ball had hit the net and i thought it was a poor goal to concede. The rest this week will be a welcome break for the players. irish bantam
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8:41am Mon 26 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

definitely appealable but will the FA listen:they do not usually. I think Doyle has a good history and is not the sort to kick people. i did not see it but TV coverage ws not the best
definitely appealable but will the FA listen:they do not usually. I think Doyle has a good history and is not the sort to kick people. i did not see it but TV coverage ws not the best tyker2
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9:15am Mon 26 Nov 12

Freddy says...

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Comment from " Macca 69 " Yesterday--Quote :-
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" I think the club will appeal but will the FA rescind it? Personally, I doubt it, and we will run the risk of increasing the ban further, for daring to appeal; meaning he will miss the Arsenal game. The FA seem to be very reluctant to overturn any refereeing decisions, at the moment, even when the evidence is overwhelming, in favour of the wronged player. Its wrong but there you go."-end Quote.
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A very sensible opinion. I assume that is why The Ravenhill Incident Appeal was dropped by City?. Our intrepid reporter Simon Parker did NOT obtain an 'Exclusive' article, on why the Club had decided against that appeal.
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I am further concerned that a similar decision may occur with the Doyle Incident. Macca's very reasoned thoughts, being foremost in City's Management thinking.
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I sincerely hope 'CLUCLAS' is punished--but why do I think he will, as usual, get away with the total madness tackle, that incited the handbags fracas. .
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* Comment from " Macca 69 " Yesterday--Quote :- * " I think the club will appeal but will the FA rescind it? Personally, I doubt it, and we will run the risk of increasing the ban further, for daring to appeal; meaning he will miss the Arsenal game. The FA seem to be very reluctant to overturn any refereeing decisions, at the moment, even when the evidence is overwhelming, in favour of the wronged player. Its wrong but there you go."-end Quote. * * A very sensible opinion. I assume that is why The Ravenhill Incident Appeal was dropped by City?. Our intrepid reporter Simon Parker did NOT obtain an 'Exclusive' article, on why the Club had decided against that appeal. * I am further concerned that a similar decision may occur with the Doyle Incident. Macca's very reasoned thoughts, being foremost in City's Management thinking. * I sincerely hope 'CLUCLAS' is punished--but why do I think he will, as usual, get away with the total madness tackle, that incited the handbags fracas. . * Freddy
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9:51am Mon 26 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I've seen it on the TV a few times now and I really am struggling to work out why he was sent off. He ran over to shout at the player but didn't touch him.

Does registering your displeasure at an horrible tackle in the same week you see a team mate suffer a broken leg now count as violent dissorder?

Appeal it, if we get turned down then it's the FA doing their usual and closing ranks, if not we might get Doyle back, I doubt an extra game will be added on.

With regards to the 3 match ban, it's not the end of the world as I have my doubts to him actually playing in the FA Cup and JPT games if he was fit and not under suspension, he would be missed for the Torquay games though.
I've seen it on the TV a few times now and I really am struggling to work out why he was sent off. He ran over to shout at the player but didn't touch him. Does registering your displeasure at an horrible tackle in the same week you see a team mate suffer a broken leg now count as violent dissorder? Appeal it, if we get turned down then it's the FA doing their usual and closing ranks, if not we might get Doyle back, I doubt an extra game will be added on. With regards to the 3 match ban, it's not the end of the world as I have my doubts to him actually playing in the FA Cup and JPT games if he was fit and not under suspension, he would be missed for the Torquay games though. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:03am Mon 26 Nov 12

JamesRobertshaw says...

Too f'ing right, once again the refs let us down on poor decisions, the bold mug had no idea what Doyle had done but felt he needed to send someone of so he did.
Too f'ing right, once again the refs let us down on poor decisions, the bold mug had no idea what Doyle had done but felt he needed to send someone of so he did. JamesRobertshaw
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10:31am Mon 26 Nov 12

Rambo says...

Freddy - The RR card was not appealed as Jonny Mac said at a fans forum despite the evidence of the player falling over and admitting it on Twitter the ref would still be backed up by the FA.

Regarding Doyle, the footage on the Football League Show show shows there was absolutely no kick at all. And if the 4th official can see through all the pairs of legs when the players come together he must have the eyes of a superhero.

4th officials.... what a con that label is. How come they can interfere in moments like that but contribute nothing any other time? Either they are involved in the game or they are not. And if they are, they should be labelled as another 'referees assistant/linesman/. They should not just pick and choose when they get involved, especially when they get it so wrong like this.

This is exactly why fans and players have no respect for referees. Weak, non-existent sending offs where TV footage and public admissions count for nothing with the FA. We can all accept a referee making a mistake, but the fact they can't admit afterwards or admit they were conned really stinks.
Freddy - The RR card was not appealed as Jonny Mac said at a fans forum despite the evidence of the player falling over and admitting it on Twitter the ref would still be backed up by the FA. Regarding Doyle, the footage on the Football League Show show shows there was absolutely no kick at all. And if the 4th official can see through all the pairs of legs when the players come together he must have the eyes of a superhero. 4th officials.... what a con that label is. How come they can interfere in moments like that but contribute nothing any other time? Either they are involved in the game or they are not. And if they are, they should be labelled as another 'referees assistant/linesman/. They should not just pick and choose when they get involved, especially when they get it so wrong like this. This is exactly why fans and players have no respect for referees. Weak, non-existent sending offs where TV footage and public admissions count for nothing with the FA. We can all accept a referee making a mistake, but the fact they can't admit afterwards or admit they were conned really stinks. Rambo
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10:33am Mon 26 Nov 12

shaun from richmond says...

Wasnt a sending off...FACT!!. However we had players and staff charging about like headless chickens...... NOW...anyone who went to the game (as I did) will know the only thing missing from the game upto that point was "a sending off, or several".....So a "dust up" was no great surprise!!.
Enjoyed the game...LOVED THE WEEKEND!!
Wasnt a sending off...FACT!!. However we had players and staff charging about like headless chickens...... NOW...anyone who went to the game (as I did) will know the only thing missing from the game upto that point was "a sending off, or several".....So a "dust up" was no great surprise!!. Enjoyed the game...LOVED THE WEEKEND!! shaun from richmond
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10:51am Mon 26 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Only seen it on TV but viewed it several times and that "tackle" if that's what it can be called was shocking and yet Cluclas gets away scot free !! even after giving Nathan Doyle and Wayne Brown reds Cluclas should have received a red card, but as said above the FA will close ranks and back the ref.
Only seen it on TV but viewed it several times and that "tackle" if that's what it can be called was shocking and yet Cluclas gets away scot free !! even after giving Nathan Doyle and Wayne Brown reds Cluclas should have received a red card, but as said above the FA will close ranks and back the ref. nowt fresh
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1:31pm Mon 26 Nov 12

oldmod says...

irish bantam wrote:
A lot of tired legs and at the end of the day a good point. My only criticism is that i thought duke could have done better with their 2nd goal ,...... He seemed to dive after the ball had hit the net and i thought it was a poor goal to concede. The rest this week will be a welcome break for the players.
Atkinson took his eye off the ball at far post as corner was taken. He was giving City fans a smle as they chaned his name.His lack of concentration cost us the first goal
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: A lot of tired legs and at the end of the day a good point. My only criticism is that i thought duke could have done better with their 2nd goal ,...... He seemed to dive after the ball had hit the net and i thought it was a poor goal to concede. The rest this week will be a welcome break for the players.[/p][/quote]Atkinson took his eye off the ball at far post as corner was taken. He was giving City fans a smle as they chaned his name.His lack of concentration cost us the first goal oldmod
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2:10pm Mon 26 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

just watched it again on sky:noway didDoyle kick anyone. he went in, bent don to remonstart with their playr and was then dragged away. A JOKE OF A REFEREE SHOWS UP HOW BAD OFFICIALS ARE AT THIS LEVEL.
lET US HOPE HE PUTS IN A REPORT THAT dOYE KICKED THE PLAYER AS THAT WILL BE PROVEN TO BE WRONG. EVEN MCGHEE SAOID HE SAW NO ONE KICKED
just watched it again on sky:noway didDoyle kick anyone. he went in, bent don to remonstart with their playr and was then dragged away. A JOKE OF A REFEREE SHOWS UP HOW BAD OFFICIALS ARE AT THIS LEVEL. lET US HOPE HE PUTS IN A REPORT THAT dOYE KICKED THE PLAYER AS THAT WILL BE PROVEN TO BE WRONG. EVEN MCGHEE SAOID HE SAW NO ONE KICKED tyker2
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