Swansea appeal against Federico Fernandez red card

Swansea City announced on Wednesday that they have appealed against defender Federico Fernandez`s dismissal during their 2-1 loss at Liverpool in the League Cup on Tuesday.

AFP| Updated: Oct 29, 2014, 20:48 PM IST
Swansea appeal against Federico Fernandez red card

London: Swansea City announced on Wednesday that they have appealed against defender Federico Fernandez`s dismissal during their 2-1 loss at Liverpool in the League Cup on Tuesday.

The Argentina international centre-back was shown a straight red card by referee Keith Stroud after an injury-time challenge on Philippe Coutinho and now faces a three-match suspension.

"Swansea City can confirm that the club will be appealing the red card issued to defender Federico Fernandez against Liverpool last night (Tuesday)," Swansea said in a statement on their website.

The Football Association will make a decision on the appeal ahead of the Swans` Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday.

Swansea manager Garry Monk was critical of Stroud`s decision to dismiss Fernandez, describing the incident as "clearly not a red card".

He added: "I have seen it back a number of times. If anything, the Liverpool player`s foot is higher than ours. How he saw that as a red card... But Keith is a good referee. Hopefully he will see sense and rescind it for us."

Liverpool`s assistant manager Colin Pascoe also felt the red card was unduly harsh.

"I can see why they are not happy," said the former Swansea coach. "I didn`t think it was a sending-off."

Dejan Lovren`s winning header for Liverpool arrived shortly after Fernandez had been sent off, with Mario Balotelli having earlier cancelled out Marvin Emnes`s opening goal for Swansea.