FA try to explain lengthy Turner ban

The 26-year-old centre-back received a red card for using his arm

on Gareth Barry and appealed against an “excessive” punishment

rather than the sending-off itself. A statement from the Football

Association read: “The FA would like to make it clear that

following the player’s red card for serious foul play in the recent

Manchester City fixture, Sunderland AFC did not appeal against the

player’s red card. “Instead, the club utilised a new rule to claim

that the standard punishment of three matches for this serious foul

play offence was clearly excessive and that it should be reduced.

“This rule was introduced in the summer for truly exceptional cases

and, in this instance, the independent regulatory commission –

including a former professional player – felt the claim had no

chance of success on this basis. “Turner’s sanction was increased

by a single game for this reason.”