Phil Parkinson today called on the Football Association to review their disciplinary system after reluctantly accepting Andrew Davies’ three-match ban.

City decided against appealing over the defender’s dismissal in Saturday’s win over Torquay in case it was extended.

Parkinson admitted that referee Carl Boyeson was technically within his right to send Davies off because both his feet were raised in a tackle on Danny Stevens. But he felt the centre half’s punishment will far outweigh the crime.

The City boss reckons Davies should not be hit with the same blanket ban for an instant red card as a player going into a challenge with malicious intent.

Parkinson said: “I’ve been saying this for a while but I really disagree with the ruling.

“You can elbow somebody in the face, break their jaw and be done for three games. Or you can go in for an honest challenge like that one, make contact with the ball and still get the same ban.

“I just feel there is a massive discrepancy which the FA need to be looking at. There should be some way of looking at different instances – for Andrew to be missing three games for that is too much.”

Meanwhile, City will not receive a bonus payment from Tom Cleverley’s new contract at Manchester United.

The clubs recently came to an undisclosed agreement over the Bradford-raised midfielder’s loan moves.

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