No appeal over Morrison red card

Manager Roberto Di Matteo and club officials have reviewed

television footage of the Scotland midfielder’s challenge on

Fernando Torres minutes before the end of the Baggies’ 1-0 defeat

at Anfield. Although the club still believe the sending-off was

harsh, the Baggies boss admitted they could not prove it was a

“clear and obvious mistake” – as is required under the appeal

legislation. “We’ve had a thorough look at all the available video

replays of the incident and they have underlined what we felt at

the time,” said the Italian. “Yes, James caught their player but he

made a genuine attempt to win the ball, with no malice, and he was

only slightly late. “We definitely feel the punishment outweighs

the crime. “That said, to have any chance of getting the red card

rescinded, the FA rules require us to prove the referee made a

‘clear and obvious mistake’ and we consider it unlikely an FA panel

would agree that is the case in this instance.” Morrison will serve

a three-match ban, ruling him out of home matches against Tottenham

and Birmingham in the Premier League and Manchester City in the

Carling Cup third round.