U's to appeal Okuonghae red card

Flashpoint - Magnus Okuonghae (not in picture) is sent off by referee Charles Breakspear during the U's 4-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Flashpoint - Magnus Okuonghae (not in picture) is sent off by referee Charles Breakspear during the U's 4-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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Colchester United boss Joe Dunne says they will be appealing the red card shown to skipper Magnus Okuonghae during their 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Charlton Athletic tonight.

Okuonghae was sent off in the 24th minute of the U's first-round tie at the Valley, after referee Charles Breakspear adjudged he had prevented a goalscoring opportunity by blocking Callum Harriott's goalbound effort with his hand.

However, Dunne felt that the ball hit Okuonghae's ribs and that his defender should not have been sent off.

Charlton's Yoni Buyens scored from the penalty and a brace from Lawrie Wilson, along with Simon Church's late strike, sealed Colchester's fate.

Joe Dunne said: "It wasn't a penalty - it hit his ribs.

"I understand it's a goalscoring opportunity.

"But it's hit his rib cage and he's sent him (Magnus) off.

"You ask your defenders to block and throw your body in front of things and he's done that.

"Mags is an honest player and if he'd handled it, he'd have told me so and that's why he argued.

"It changed the course of the game, because up until then I thought that we were more than a match for Charlton.

"We kept the ball exceptionally well and created one or two goalscoring opportunities.

"We will definitely be appealing it."

For a full match report, reaction and pictures from the U's game at Charlton Athletic, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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1:00am Wed 13 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

Rightly so, Joe! Please DO appeal the decision. The loss of Magnus and the penalty which led to the Charlton first goal cost us the game. Admittedly after that we did capitulate in the second half but we were playing well and probably the better side until the penalty. The referee was clearly too far away to see the incident close up and made the wrong decision, yielding to Home fans' and players' appeals. Without Magnus we will be vulnerable at the back for the next 3 games. Hope the decision gets over-turned so that some justice can prevail from this farcical decision by what appeared to be a biased official. Up the U's!
Rightly so, Joe! Please DO appeal the decision. The loss of Magnus and the penalty which led to the Charlton first goal cost us the game. Admittedly after that we did capitulate in the second half but we were playing well and probably the better side until the penalty. The referee was clearly too far away to see the incident close up and made the wrong decision, yielding to Home fans' and players' appeals. Without Magnus we will be vulnerable at the back for the next 3 games. Hope the decision gets over-turned so that some justice can prevail from this farcical decision by what appeared to be a biased official. Up the U's! Ozzie
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7:20am Wed 13 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended.
Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended. BlueandWhiteBaz
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11:18am Wed 13 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended.
Straight red cards are 3 game ban. League and cup.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended.[/p][/quote]Straight red cards are 3 game ban. League and cup. super waluigi
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1:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

PeteLandis says...

super waluigi wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended.
Straight red cards are 3 game ban. League and cup.
Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately ... Suspension: 1 match
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Ozzie, I think the ban would only be for one game in this case. However, if we were to lose the appeal the ban would probably be extended.[/p][/quote]Straight red cards are 3 game ban. League and cup.[/p][/quote]Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately ... Suspension: 1 match PeteLandis
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2:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

down the line says...

Why is Joe going to appeal the red card, it was a blatant handball. I would be amazed if it got overturned.
Oh and please bring Sam Walker back in goal on Saturday as well please.
Why is Joe going to appeal the red card, it was a blatant handball. I would be amazed if it got overturned. Oh and please bring Sam Walker back in goal on Saturday as well please. down the line
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