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FA reject appeal by Sky Blues over Jordan Willis rec card

Steve Carpenter 1st Feb, 2017 Updated: 1st Feb, 2017

FOOTBALL: AN APPEAL to overturn Jordan Willis’ red card away at Northampton had been rejected by the Football Association.

The 22-year-old was shown a straight red for a challenge on David Buchanan with just 15 minutes played on Saturday at Sixfields Stadium.

Willis appeared to take the ball as he tackled the Northampton Town player by the touchline in front of the travelling Coventry City fans, but experienced referee Lee Probert was quick to dismiss the City defender for the perhaps over eager tackle.

Speaking about the challenge after Saturday’s defeat, City boss Russell Slade said: “It is a bit harsh, having looked at it. He’s won the ball, but it has been construed as dangerous.”

The Sky Blues made an appeal to the FA but football’s governing withheld the approach and it now means Willis will face a three-match ban, which includes the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers.

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