It is reported this morning that Newcastle United are appealing against both red cards handed out on Friday night at the City Ground.

In a chaotic night of football, Nottingham Forest were gifted two penalties by referee Steve Martin, who punished each ‘offence’ with a sending off.

However, the Shields Gazette say that their information is that Newcastle United are appealing the two red cards and believe they can get the bans on both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett overturned.

As it stands, The FA confirmed on Monday that Dummett had been handed a one game ban and Shelvey three matches.

Both of them set to miss Birmingham on Saturday, with the Newcastle midfielder also not available to play in the game sat Wigan and Burton.

The Shields Gazette not only say they’ve been told the club will appeal the bans BUT that they are also writing to The FA to complain about the abysmal officiating standards all season.

The Shields Gazette – Tuesday 6 December:

‘Newcastle United will write to the Football Association and spell out the club’s frustrations with referees this season.

Rafa Benitez has been unhappy with a number of refereeing decisions against his team in the Championship.

Newcastle plan to highlight a number of refereeing decisions, going back to early in the campaign, in their letter to the FA.’

Former top referee Keith Hackett said on Monday that he thought it would be foolish to appeal, with no chance of overturning either ban AND with the chance of an increase in punishment due to The FA potentially judging them as frivolous appeals.

Keith Hackett talking to The Journal – Monday 5 December:

I don’t see how Newcastle can appeal (successfully). The only way that these two decisions can be overturned if there is a clear and obvious error and, although it was bad refereeing, I can’t see them going with that.

“It depends on who makes up the panel and the mix of people on it but I think they’d go with the referee on both occasions on the basis that it’s not a clear and obvious error. But they’re both poor decisions.

“Do the FA then deem it a frivolous appeal? If they do that, they could get an additional suspension.”

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