Lee Bowyer reveals Charlton Athletic will appeal Chuks Aneke's red card in comprehensive defeat against Blackpool

Lee Bowyer has revealed Charlton Athletic have appealed Chuks Aneke's red card.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:43 pm

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The striker was shown a straight red by Brett Huxtable during Blackpool's comprehensive 3-0 win at The Valley on Saturday.

Aneke, who has been shown two red cards in his last three games, was sent his marching orders after being adjudged to have elbowed Dan Ballard.

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It meant the Addicks ended the game with nine men after Darren Pratley had earlier been shown a second yellow card following an off-the-ball collision with Jordan Gabriel.

Bowyer, who was also unhappy Jayden Stockley's first-half header was ruled out for offside, spoke of his frustration at Huxtable's display.

“I said to the ref at half-time that the goal that was disallowed was onside," he told London News Online.

"The same thing happened to us on the Tuesday [against Burton]. They are big decisions – they change the game. Saturday it would’ve made it 1-1, and there was nothing in the game at that stage.

Brett Huxtable brandishes a red card to Charlton striker Chuks Aneke

"It had been a scrappy game and my players were battling just as hard as the opposition’s players.

“The ref said: ‘Sorry, that’s not my fault.’ Because he didn’t make the decision [on the offside] – the linesman did. How does that help me and my team? That bad decision makes our job more difficult.

“We’re going to appeal Chuks’ red. He was jumping to win the ball – just like their strikers were.

“I’ve seen the Pratley one back and I don’t think he does too much wrong. The fella just wipes him out and he just lands on him. I’ve seen my players booked for those challenges. In my day that is a great tackle – you take the lot. That’s the saying ‘take the lot’. He did that, for sure.

“But Darren landed on him and tried to get up. Every time there are players mingling on the floor that is what happens, because someone wants to get up quicker than the other one. There was a little bit of pushing. Does that mean it is a yellow card? You just tell them to get on with and don’t be stupid.

“Then Chuks is shown a straight red card for jumping for the ball.”

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