Our View: Sunderland’s red card appeal likely to be futile

Sunderland will appeal against the three-match ban handed to Max Power following his controversial sending off at the weekend, but it is likely to be a wasted gesture.

The former Wigan midfielder was shown a straight red card after just 19 minutes of the Black Cats’ 1-1 draw with Oxford United. His foul on Marcus Browne was adjudged at the time to have been ‘serious foul play’.

That offence carries a three-match suspension, that would rule him out of Saturday’s home game against Fleetwood Town as well as the trip to Burton Albion. He would conclude the ban at the Stadium of Light against Rochdale the week after.

However, Jack Ross feels the offense warranted a yellow card, but not a red and plans to appeal the ban. Power can play in tomorrow night’s Checkatrade Trophy game and will know the result of the outcome prior to the Fleetwood fixture.

The red card sparked a second incident in which former Cambridge manager and current Oxford assistant boss Shaun Derry was sent to the stands. He appeared to confront Power as he made his way off the field.

Our View

It was a fiery one, that is for sure. Having reviewed the footage we think the offence was a booking, no more. However, rarely do the FA overturn their own decisions, not unless there’s a huge element of doubt.

Power is likely to serve the ban as the FA back their officials, even when the outcome isn’t quite correct. That, more than anything, is the real EFL.

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