Everton lodge Gibson appeal

Everton have decided to appeal the red card shown to Darron

Gibson during their 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

The Republic of Ireland international was dismissed in

stoppage-time at Upton Park on Saturday.

Referee Anthony Taylor turned to his pocket following a high

challenge by Gibson on Mark Noble.

Taylor had already given West Ham striker Carlton Cole his

marching orders earlier in the game for a similar offence.

David Moyes was quick to bemoan the performance of the match

officials in the aftermath of an important win for his side, with

an appeal against Gibson’s red card hinted at.

Everton have now taken their protest down the official channels

and hope an impending ban for their hard-working midfielder will be


“The Blues will submit the paperwork on Christmas Eve and due to

the FA protocol it does mean that Gibson will be able to

participate in the Boxing Day clash with Wigan Athletic,” read a

statement released on the club’s official website.

“Everton’s case will be heard on Thursday 27 December and expect

to hear the outcome of the appeal later this week.”