Blues appeal Bowyer dismissal
Birmingham City have confirmed they are to appeal against Lee Bowyer's red card at the weekend.
Last Updated: 27/04/09 3:28pm
Championship promotion hopefuls Birmingham City have confirmed they are to appeal against Lee Bowyer's red card at the weekend.
The Blues are claiming wrongful dismissal after the midfielder was sent-off following a scuffle with Lee Williamson; an incident that also saw the Preston man dismissed.
Match official Phil Dowd sent-off the pair for violent conduct following an alleged headbutt and should the charge be upheld both players will serve three-match bans.
As it stands, Bowyer will now sit out the final game of the season at Reading on Sunday, as well as both legs of a possible play-off semi-final should Birmingham find themselves out of the automatic promotion places.
A Football Association regulatory commission will meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the submitted written and DVD evidence.
The Blues face the possibility of the current three-match ban being extended should the panel deem the appeal to be frivolous, although that would only affect Birmingham if they drop into the play-offs, as Bowyer's loan ends in the summer.
Preston boss Alan Irvine has also intimated that his club will be appealing Williamson's red card, having seen precious little wrong with his own player's behaviour.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "I don't think Lee did an awful lot wrong. I hope that [referee] Phil Dowd will be able to have a look at it and make a decision about whether it should be rescinded.
"Having had a look at it myself I would expect we will be appealing. The two lads had their foreheads together and maybe that is what the referee claims.
But I don't think there were head-butts from either player to be perfectly honest.
"I think it was probably two yellow cards. Unfortunately, Lee Bowyer had already had a yellow card so I don't know whether that made any difference to the outcome."