Toon Perch appeal successful
Newcastle United defender James Perch has seen his three-match ban reduced to one game after an appeal.
Last Updated: 25/03/11 4:08pm
Newcastle United defender James Perch has seen his three-match ban reduced to one game after a successful appeal.
The 25-year-old was dismissed during a reserve team game against Manchester United for an altercation with Ravel Morrison.
Despite the red card leading to an initial three-match spell on the sidelines, the club were able to successfully appeal the ban, meaning Perch will only miss one game when his ban begins on 4th April.
With the former Nottingham Forest man set to miss out on the trip to Aston Villa, the Magpies will also be forced to do without Cheick Tiote after the midfielder picked up his tenth yellow card at Stoke, leading to a costly two-game ban.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted he was unhappy about the decision by referee Ross Joyce to dismiss Perch.
"James was a little bit unlucky in some respects," Pardew told The Chronicle.
"The young Manchester United player went up to him and kicked him. He was obviously sent off. James just grabbed him, and asked 'What are you doing, son?'.
"He ended up being sent off. I thought the referee overreacted to it. I just wanted to give him a game."