West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will appeal the red card given to him in the 4-1 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers on the weekend, reports Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old was given a straight red card just 12 minutes after coming off the bench in the second-half at the Hawthorns. Mulumbu was sent off for allegedly leaning into a header with his elbow, which resulted in victim Joey Barton, of QPR, being taken out on the air and landing heavily onto the turf. The Rangers midfielder spoke out in defence of Mulumbu, and didn’t believe his challenge to warrant a sending off.
The West Brom man feels the same, and has protested his innocence. He remains adamant that he wasn’t targeting any player with his elbow, despite how the incident looked, and replays would back up his case. Mulumbu could well have some success with his appeal, and he spoke out about the incident on the weekend. The experienced midfielder feels he’s innocent of any wrong-doing and said at the time that he would be speaking with manager Tony Pulis about an appeal.
“I just jumped higher than Joey Barton. I didn’t even know what player it was. I just jumped higher than him and I didn’t make any movement with my shoulder. I think it’s harsh but that’s how it is. I didn’t make any movement to hurt anybody so we will speak with the coach and the club and see what is the best way to sort this out,” he said.
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