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MARGETSON'S BITTER PILL.

Byline: By Gavin Allen South Wales Echo

Martyn Margetson is praying the Football Association of Wales rescinds the red card he picked up against Coventry City on Tuesday night so he can once more boast an exemplary disciplinary record.

The Bluebirds stopper was sent off for the first time in his career for supposedly bringing down Julian Joachim and Margetson is convinced he should not have seen red.

The club has appealed on his behalf and an FAW disciplinary panel will meet next week to decide his fate.

If the sending off stands he will sit out just one match, against Reading at Ninian Park a week Tuesday, but Margetson says it's the principal that counts.

'I have never been sent off in my career so it will be a bitter pill to swallow if the red card stands,' he said.

'If I came out and walloped him or tried to bring him down then I would hold my hands up.

'The funny thing is that at half time the referee applauded me because there was an incident in the first half when Joachim went through me in a tackle and I got straight back to my feet.

'I could have made more of it and tried to get him sent off but I didn't and that saved the referee having to make the decision.

'When he came to send me off later on he said 'Sorry but you were the last man and you have to go'

'In fairness to him he saw what he saw on the night and made his decision, but hopefully the FAW will see it as I saw it.

'We have appealed and the boys in the media centre have done a great job on the video evidence.

'They have slowed it down and at one point you can actually see he has actually hurdled clear of me and there is daylight between us.'

Margetson feels that it is not just him that is being hard done by under the current laws of the game but goalkeepers in general.

'It's not easy these days because it seems to be an instant red card if you bring someone down as a goalkeeper,' he said.

'The tackle on John Robinson that night that got Peter Clarke sent off in that same game was terrible.

'I have seen it on TV since and he had both feet in the air, he was flying, and he deserved to get sent off.

'As a keeper you are trying to tackle people with your hands and I was sent off for making a genuine attempt for the ball.

'We have been punished by conceding the penalty, punished by the defeat and I am being punished personally for the sending off.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 6, 2004
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