WBA won't appeal Morrison ban
West Brom have confirmed that they will not be appealing against James Morrison's three-game ban.
Last Updated: 31/08/10 5:33pm
West Brom have confirmed that they will not be appealing against midfielder James Morrison's three-game ban.
Morrison was sent off in the Baggies' 1-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday after a foul on Fernando Torres four minutes before time.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo stated in his post-match comments that the decision by referee Lee Probert to dismiss the Scotland midfielder was slightly harsh.
However, under the letter of the law, the Italian boss has opted against an appeal due to the possibility of having their plea accepted being unlikely.
The 23-year-old will now miss West Brom's home games to come against Tottenham and Birmingham in the Premier League as well as their Carling Cup match against Manchester City at The Hawthorns.
"We've had a thorough look at all the available video replays of the incident and they have underlined what we felt at the time," Di Matteo told the club's official website.
"Yes, James caught their player but he made a genuine attempt to win the ball, with no malice, and he was only slightly late.
"We definitely feel the punishment outweighs the crime.
"That said, to have any chance of getting the red card rescinded, the FA rules require us to prove the referee made a 'clear and obvious mistake' and we consider it unlikely an FA panel would agree that is the case in this instance."