Werder appeal red card
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Werder Bremen are protesting against Nelson Valdez's suspension.
Werder Bremen are protesting against the German FA's decision to ban striker Nelson Valdez for two games.
The forward was shown a red card in the 2-1 defeat at newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld last weekend.
The talented youngster from Paraguay received his marching orders for what appeared to be a professional foul on Ervin Skela but TV footage proved that Valdez actually made contact with the ball.
"We feel that the punishment is too strict as Valdez played the ball and, furthermore, the whole action took place close to the centre line," explained Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs.
Last season's Double winners are currently struggling to find their form as they are already eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Should the German FA insist on the two-game suspension, Valdez would miss Bremen's home game against Borussia Dortmund and their away trip to Freiburg.