Tuesday night saw the Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett red cards overturned on appeal, with The FA disciplinary panel finding in Newcastle’s favour on both instances.
Nottingham Forest fans were amusingly rabid about the outcome, despite comedian/referee Steve Martin gifting them three points, but what about Birmingham City?
They potentially are the biggest losers in the situation, as they are the only match where both Shelvey and Dummett would have been banned from playing.
Asked about the successful appeals, Birmingham boss Gary Rowett was generous with his comments, saying that despite it making it harder for his team on Saturday, he thinks the officials/authorities belatedly made the right call.
Describing Jonjo Shelvey as ‘an excellent footballer’, Rowett believes that it was the midfielder’s ‘reputation’ helped make the decision on the night, the Birmingham Manager saying ‘I couldn’t see much in the incident’.
He also thinks that the Paul Dummett incident was neither a red card, or a penalty.
Gary Rowett points to the usual problem of the authorities not wanting to ‘admit the officials were wrong’, though congratulating them on being big enough to accept that Newcastle had been wronged on this occasion.
Birmingham City Manager, Gary Rowett:
“It’s really easy for me to sit here and say maybe Newcastle, big club, got a lot of things going on in the background with Jonjo Shelvey anyway.
“But if I’m being really brutally honest I don’t think either of those decisions were the right decisions on the day.
“I think he was very unlucky to get sent off, I couldn’t see much in the incident.
“I think that Jonjo’s reputation in that sense has probably made the decision happen, which in unfair, he is an excellent footballer.
“I also felt the Dummett one was not a penalty either.
“Yes I would have loved those two players to have not been available for Newcastle but I think that justice-wise they should be playing.
“I think you also want to test yourselves against the best players.
“I think Jonjo Shelvey is probably one of the best midfielders in the division, if not the best. I think justice was done for Newcastle, as galling as that is for someone like us.
“That’s not always the case in those situations, they don’t want to admit the officials were wrong but in fairness to the powers that be, they have done that and I think that’s the right way to do that.”