Pool won’t appeal Ferguson red

Blackpool's players protest to referee Craig Pawson about the Red card shown to Barry Ferguson
Blackpool's players protest to referee Craig Pawson about the Red card shown to Barry Ferguson
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BARRY Ferguson will miss today’s home game with Middlesbrough after the Seasiders decided not to appeal against his red card at Birmingham.

But Ian Holloway is adamant he will contest his own dismissal during Saturday’s lively 3-0 defeat at St Andrew’s.

The Seasiders boss is likely to be hit with a misconduct charge by the FA this week, and he faces a touchline ban and fine after being sent to the stands.

But Holloway says he was guilty of nothing more than kicking an empty water bottle and intends to fight any punishment.

That’s not the case with captain Ferguson. The club has reviewed video evidence and will accept a three-game ban for elbowing, which also rules the former Brum player out of this Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Fleetwood and the Championship visit to Ipswich.

But Holloway remains furious about events at Birmingham, where he was sent off for the second time this season, having been dismissed at Coventry in September.

The Pool boss said: “I will appeal, absolutely, because I conducted myself in a manner befitting a coach and I’d like to know what I did wrong.

“I wasn’t sent off for anything I said. Apparently I kicked an empty bottle, which ended up on the pitch, then I went back towards the dugout.

“I was so gobsmacked, I hadn’t said a word to the fourth official throughout the whole game, apart from telling him that the ref needed to protect my centre-half a little bit more.

“The fourth official told him I needed to be sent off because I had lost the plot. I am sorry, but there is only person who lost the plot and it certainly wasn’t me.

“When there is such a shocking decision and I lose my captain, am I not allowed to show any emotion whatsoever? I’m sorry, that is not quite right.

“If it was a full bottle of water, or I had slammed it down or remonstrated and run on the pitch, then I can understand it. But what happened on Saturday I can’t understand.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so upset at something so wrong, something so far from what actually happened. I’m shocked and devastated. The game wasn’t like that.”