Swansea City to appeal Federico Fernandez red card


Garry Monk and his war on officials continues today as Swansea City plan to appeal Federico Fernandez’s red card from their League Cup loss against Liverpool.

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The Argentine defender was sent off for a challenge on Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the 92nd minute. Three minutes later deep into stoppage time, Dejan Lovren scored on ten-men Swansea to steal a win at Anfield.

A straight red card warrants a three-match ban, but Swansea will look for the FA to rescind the punishment, which would allow Fernandez to play in the Swans next match on Saturday against Everton.

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Swansea City released a statement via the club’s official website:

Swansea City can confirm that the club will be appealing the red card issued to defender Federico Fernandez against Liverpool last night.

The club officially informed the Football Association by today’s (Wednesday’s) 1pm deadline.

The FA will make a decision on the appeal ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.”

Swans’ boss Garry Monk said he was disappointed with the call, saying, It wasn’t a red card, but these things are happening and hopefully they will stop happening.”

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Monk got himself into a bit of trouble after calling Stoke City’s Victor Moses a “cheat” following an apparent dive that earned a penalty kick. He then went on to say he believes calls consistently go against his side.

He is set to meet with referees’ boss Mike Riley this Friday to discuss his comments and the calls he feels have hurt Swansea. Monk said he has written a list of those decisions, and will add Fernandez’s red card to the list as well.