Three-match ban for Milijas after Wolves appeal against Arsenal red is rejected
Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas has lost his appeal against the red card he received during Tuesday’s game at Arsenal and will have to serve a three game ban with immediate effect.
The Serbia international had been hopeful of having overturned the dismissal by referee Stuart Attwell for a challenge on Gunners midfield Mikel Arteta during the second half of the 1-1 draw.
But a Football Association disciplinary committee have dismissed his appeal and his ban will begin with Saturday’s Barclays Premier League bottom four clash at Bolton.
Impact: Nenad Milijas is shown a straight red card for his tackle on Mikel Arteta
A statement from the FA read: “An independent Regulatory Commission has dismissed a claim from Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Nenad Milijas, following his red card for serious foul play in Wolves’ game against Arsenal on 27 December.
“Milijas has received a three match suspension starting with immediate effect.”
Wolves were disappointed by the FA”s decision not to rescind the red card, still aggrieved that the player was sent off.
“We are hugely disappointed with today”s ruling,” said Wolves” club secretary Richard Skirrow.
“From the video evidence of that challenge alone, we strongly believed we had very good grounds for appeal and this was an opinion that seemed to be shared by a lot of people who have viewed the incident.
“Our view that the dismissal and three match ban would be hugely disproportionate to the alleged offence was further reinforced by other incidents in the game.
“However, despite highlighting the inconsistency and harshness of Nenad”s dismissal, we have been told that it was not deemed to be an obvious and serious error and, therefore, the original decision and resulting punishment stands.
“In our view it was certainly not serious foul play.”
You”re off: Attwell flashes the red card to Milijas as Wolves dispute the decision
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt theincident did not warrant a red card, but accepted it was not an easy environment for the young referee.
Speakingin the post-match press conference following the 1-1 draw, McCarthy said: “If he [Atwell] sees it again then it can”t be [a red card]. Nenad”s got his foot on the ground and makes contact with the ball.
“Somebody said to me “he”s got his studs up”. Well, you generally do if you tackle with your foot sliding in.
“That rarefied atmosphere out there is a difficult place to work in whether you are a player, coach, manager, referee or assistant.
“It”s pretty pressurised out there and I think there was a lot of pressure on him to do it.”