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BUNN APPEAL REJECTED

19 March 2013

City goalkeeper's suspension upheld

AN appeal by City against the red card shown to Mark Bunn by referee Chris Foy during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game away to Sunderland has been rejected by an independent regulatory commission appointed by The FA.


Mr Foy dismissed Bunn in the 30th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, when he charged down a back-header from team-mate Michael Turner outside the box under pressure from Sunderland striker Danny Graham.


The relevant FIFA law states a player will be dismissed for “denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball.”


City appealed to the FA that Bunn had not deliberately handled the ball – but this was rejected and the ‘keeper’s suspension for the forthcoming Wigan game will remain in place.