Dunne left bitterly disappointed after Okuonghae appeal fails

Dunne left bitterly disappointed after Okuonghae appeal fails

Dunne left bitterly disappointed after Okuonghae appeal fails

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admits the decision to reject their appeal against skipper Magnus Okuonghae's red card against Charlton Athletic has left him bitterly disappointed.

The U's failed in their bid to overturn Okuonghae's one-match suspension, which he will serve after being sent off for deliberate handball in their Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic, on Tuesday night.

Colchester felt they had a strong case for the red card to be overturned, after gathering footage showing the ball hitting Okuonghae on the ribs.

However, their appeal was turned down and the U's skipper will now serve a one-match ban, meaning he will miss their game at Bristol City this weekend.

Dunne said: “We feel bitterly disappointed and bitterly let down by the system."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a three-page preview of the U's game against Bristol City, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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5:01pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Dunne was always clutching at straws. What he needs to do is work out why as soon as the team starts playing, the injury list mounts up at an alarming rate every year. This is the second year running this has happened and he obviously hasn't learnt a thing. Strikes me the training methods need a complete overhaul and the sports scientist should be shown the red card.
Dunne was always clutching at straws. What he needs to do is work out why as soon as the team starts playing, the injury list mounts up at an alarming rate every year. This is the second year running this has happened and he obviously hasn't learnt a thing. Strikes me the training methods need a complete overhaul and the sports scientist should be shown the red card. BlueandWhiteBaz
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5:03pm Thu 14 Aug 14

down the line says...

Is Joe Dunne having a laugh? It was a blatant hand ball and denied a goal scoring opportunity. How the hell could you justify overturning that decision? It was a shame because we was playing quite well up to then, but come on it was a red card.
Is Joe Dunne having a laugh? It was a blatant hand ball and denied a goal scoring opportunity. How the hell could you justify overturning that decision? It was a shame because we was playing quite well up to then, but come on it was a red card. down the line
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9:20pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Hatpeg says...

Still he can use that as an excuse for the upcoming defeat at Bristol.
Still he can use that as an excuse for the upcoming defeat at Bristol. Hatpeg
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10:17am Fri 15 Aug 14

Noah4x4 says...

I was at the game and let's say "we have all seen them given". The referee has to honestly award what he sees and if in his opinion it was a penalty then fair enough. Also, by definition handball must always be (deemed) deliberate. However, the 'red card' was an injustice having already penalised the team by the award of the penalty. Was it a "clear goal scoring opportunity?"; I think not. The 18 yard box was infinitely more crowded than any of the home stands and there was no certainty the shot would have found the net.

One positive outcome is that it may give Frankie Kent a chance to shine at Bristol given that Josh Thomson is injured. Our largely home -grown youth players really do deserve more local support and compared to Arsenal, Chelsea or Man Utd; this should be about local pride. At the Valley, 412 loyal Us fans sang their hearts out in support of the team for 90 minutes; (whilst the Robins were silent) ; yet the idiots that get in here (Gazette) still moan at every opportunity. But moaning does seem to be a characteristic of this town which has lost its pride in so many ways. The football team should perhaps be our flagship as it's the only positive way that Colchester ever gets in the (weekly) national news. I am fed up with reading about knife crime (albeit a sad reality). So why can't this town properly get behind its football team and be proud again? It has been in Division One (or above) for over a decade. Hence, this is our most successful period in our entire 77 in year history! More support could do wonders for the wider prestige of our town.
I was at the game and let's say "we have all seen them given". The referee has to honestly award what he sees and if in his opinion it was a penalty then fair enough. Also, by definition handball must always be (deemed) deliberate. However, the 'red card' was an injustice having already penalised the team by the award of the penalty. Was it a "clear goal scoring opportunity?"; I think not. The 18 yard box was infinitely more crowded than any of the home stands and there was no certainty the shot would have found the net. One positive outcome is that it may give Frankie Kent a chance to shine at Bristol given that Josh Thomson is injured. Our largely home -grown youth players really do deserve more local support and compared to Arsenal, Chelsea or Man Utd; this should be about local pride. At the Valley, 412 loyal Us fans sang their hearts out in support of the team for 90 minutes; (whilst the Robins were silent) ; yet the idiots that get in here (Gazette) still moan at every opportunity. But moaning does seem to be a characteristic of this town which has lost its pride in so many ways. The football team should perhaps be our flagship as it's the only positive way that Colchester ever gets in the (weekly) national news. I am fed up with reading about knife crime (albeit a sad reality). So why can't this town properly get behind its football team and be proud again? It has been in Division One (or above) for over a decade. Hence, this is our most successful period in our entire 77 in year history! More support could do wonders for the wider prestige of our town. Noah4x4
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