City lose Giannoulis appeal; three-game ban stands
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Norwich City have failed in their attempt to get Dimitris Giannoulis' three-game ban overturned for a red card in the Championship defeat to Bournemouth.
The Greek international will miss the upcoming matches against Watford, QPR and Reading after his early sending off following a challenge on Cherries' midfielder Ben Pearson in the 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road on Saturday night.
Canaries' head coach Daniel Farke was critical of the officials during the match and prior to the outcome of the FA appeal had plenty more to say at Colney on Monday afternoon.
"Football is not black and white," he said. "You could find some arguments why it was a red card, some arguments why it wasn't. We were so disappointed with the whole situation.
"You want two teams going toe-to-toe, under the lights, on Sky and then we are left talking about the decisions of the referee.
"The decisions of the referee were in the spotlight. I don't say it was an unbelievably clear mistake but you would hope the referees can feel the development of a game. There was no nastiness or bad intentions.
"It was a tackle between two players. No bad intention. Pearson, I rate. I like him. He is aggressive and no complaints about him but even he would agree he is not out for the Nobel Peace Prize when he plays.
"Dimitris has many skills but maybe in one topic he is still too soft for English football and has to deal with the physicality of the league. He is probably the fairest left back in this league.
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"It was two players and one got their a fraction earlier than the other one.
"If Pearson was a moment late you would not say it was necessary to send him off. There was no nastiness in the whole game. It is always a bad sign after the game when we are speaking about the referee.
"Mike Riley is doing a great job bringing them onto the top level but you would hope some times referees can sense how the game is developing.
"Grant Hanley played further on when he got injured and not even a foul was given. I don't want a red or a yellow card. But my player touched the ball first. I understand they can't come out and say it was a mistake but some consistency in those decisions would be better."
Bournemouth counterpart, Jonathan Woodgate, took a counter view.