Man City’s Kompany appeal unlikely to succeed

Vincent Kompany’s appeal against his red card will not be successful, according to the Daily Mail, who have reported that Manchester City are not thought to have valid grounds to contest the dismissal of their captain.

Kompany was sent off in the second-half of City’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday for a two-footed challenge on Jack Wilshire. City manager Roberto Mancini came out after the game to criticize Mike Dean’s decision to send off Kompany, and it has since been confirmed that the club would appeal the decision.

However, the Mail claims that sources within the FA say the ruling body would back Dean’s decision, claiming he was “justified” in issuing the red card. There appears to be no “clear and obvious” error made by Dean, and as a result, an appeal is likely to not only be turned down, but City will avoid triggering an extra game’s suspension for Kompany as the appeal is not likely to be judged frivolous.

Kompany came out on Twitter to defend himself, writing: “Ultimately I’m a defender. I will never pull out of a challenge, as much as I will never intend to injure a player.” He added: “No grudges against the referee. I understand the difficulty of the job.

If City’s appeal is unsuccessful Kompany will be banned for the Premier League clash against Fulham, the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace, and another Premier League fixture with Queens Park Rangers.

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