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FA reject Wolves' Iwelumo appeal

Mick McCarthy
McCarthy did not appeal against Wayne Hennessey's red card

Chris Iwelumo has been banned for three games after Wolves lost their appeal against the red card shown to the striker in the 3-1 win at Preston.

Iwelumo was dismissed for violent conduct shortly after completing a hat-trick at Deepdale following a clash with North End defender Sean St Ledger.

But a Football Association panel rejected Wolves' claim of wrongful dismissal and upheld the sending off.

Iwelumo will now miss the club's games with Bristol City, Reading and Swansea.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had been hopeful of winning the appeal after St Ledger went to see referee Martin Atkinson after the game to absolve Iwelumo of any blame.

McCarthy told BBC WM immediately after the game: "I'd like to think the right thing will be done and it'll be rescinded.

"If you're looking for a witness to support you, it's the guy who's just had the run around, who's had a hat-trick scored against him, but then comes in and says you've done nothing wrong."

However, McCarthy did not appeal against the sending-off of his Wales international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who also saw red after conceding an injury-time penalty.

"If you take it to the letter of the law, that if you deny someone a goalscoring opportunity, it's a red card," said McCarthy.

"It was the first bit of rubbish defending we'd done all day. I'm not going to appeal that."

The Wolves manager was also sent to the stand for the second half after applauding the referee at half-time - a gesture he did not intend to be taken sarcastically.

McCarthy will wait to see the official's report before deciding if he will contest his own dismissal.

see also
Preston 1-3 Wolves
20 Sep 08 |  Championship
Northampton agree new Little loan
19 Sep 08 |  Northampton

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