VIDEO: Brighton's Barnes faces long ban after straight red card for tripping referee during defeat to Bolton
11:11 GMT, 10 March 2013
11:14 GMT, 10 March 2013
Brighton forward Ashley Barnes is facing a lengthy ban after being sent off for appearing to deliberately trip referee Nigel Miller at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
With his side trailing the npower Championship clash 1-0 deep into stoppage time, Barnes left a foot dangling in front of Miller as the official ran past him.
The trip did not send Miller to the floor, but it was enough to break the referee's stride. He then immediately stopped the game, turned to Barnes and gave him a straight red card.
Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…
Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller
Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season
The forward's face was a picture of disbelief as he was pointed to the tunnel, but despite the cameras not capturing the incident, this video evidence recorded by a fan in the stands is pretty damning.
VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in
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Miller did not address the media after the game, but The Argus report that a Bolton official who spoke to the referee said: 'It was for misconduct, trying to trip the ref.'
Seagulls boss Gus Poyet felt Barnes deserved his red card, though he sympathised with the 23-year-old.
Poyet told Sky Sports: 'In football sometimes you do things that regret after, but (I have) nothing to complain about.
Unhappy trip: Brighton were beaten thanks to a goal from Marcos Alonso (left)
'I think you would normally probably say you're not happy with him (Barnes).
'Angry It's difficult to say because I played football, I know when you're on the pitch you do things which sometimes you regret after but I was one of those players so I'm not going to say anything to Ashley Barnes – I hope it doesn't happen too much.
'He knows what he's done and I'm not going to kill him, you try to make sure he controls himself better the next time.'
The red was Barnes's second dismissal of the season. He was sent off only last month for violent conduct as he kicked out at Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee during a 3-1 loss at Hillsborough.
Sympathy: But Poyet (left) felt that Barnes deserved his red
As a result, the former Plymouth player will miss the next four games of Brighton's run-in, starting with Tuesday night's trip to Barnsley.
Barnes' absence leaves Poyet facing a striker crisis. Craig Mackail-Smith has been ruled out for the season with an achilles injury picked up during last week's 0-0 draw at Bristol City, leaving Leonardo Ulloa as Brighton's only fit frontman.
Marcos Alonso's winner for Bolton on Saturday saw Brighton slip out of the Championship play-off places. They now sit one place and point adrift of Nottingham Forest in sixth, but they do have a game in hand on Billy Davies's side.