Shaun Derry gets red carded for “fouling” Ashley Young who was in an offside position anyway (note, I don’t condone the “cheat” stuff in the video above, but begging bloggers can’t be choosers on YouTube). QPR appeals the decision. So logically, this:
FA reject QPR appeal against Shaun Derry’s red card at Man Utd. More on #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 10, 2012
When even the normally-measured Jonathan Wilson flips out over this sort of thing, you know to trust your gut instinct that this is total and absolute crap. We can only assume the decision was made on some obscure technicality we are as yet too uneducated to understand. So far the FA has basically said FA:
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry will serve a one match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected by a Regulatory Commission today [Tuesday 10 April].
Derry was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity in the Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday 8 April 2012.
Possible explanations? Perhaps it was because Lee Mason had already made his decision from his vantage point, and therefore nothing could be done to reverse the decision. Or perhaps the penalty wasn’t for fouling Ashley Young at all, but for some sort of obscenity about Mason’s parents. Or because the foul was made while Young was offside, it didn’t officially exist, even though the offside wasn’t correctly given, which is what QPR should have appealed instead.
Perhaps we’ll find out in the coming days. Anyway, chalk another one up to the grit and determination of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United.