Cardiff’s Bothroyd in danger of missing Norwich City clash
Norwich City will find out today whether they will come up against one of the Championship’s in-form strikers on Saturday – thanks to a tribunal hearing.
Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is in danger of missing the next three matches – including the south Wales derby against Swansea – because of an alleged dangerous tackle in the 4-0 win at Leeds on Monday night.
The Football Association of Wales has launched an investigation into Bothroyd’s first-half challenge on striker Luciano Becchio that went unpunished by the referee, but was picked up by television cameras. Leeds boss Simon Grayson accused Bothroyd of “going over the top” on his Argentine striker – and the FAW could now take retrospective action by the weekend. If found guilty, Bothroyd – who has scored 11 goals in 13 games this season – would be ruled out for the visit of the Canaries at the weekend, as well as clashes with Swansea City and Reading.
An FAW source told WalesOnline: “Because of the media spotlight put on this particular incident, the FAW will be studying the footage.
“It was shown most of Monday night and on Tuesday and a decision will be made in due course on what action is to be taken – if any.”
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Grayson was originally unaware of the incident – Becchio and his Leeds team-mates did not make a fuss about the tackle and simply got on with the game – when asked about it straight after the match. But, after watching replays of the incident, he stormed: “He (Bothroyd) has clearly gone over the top. Jamie Ward (of Sheffield United) got sent off for a lot less than that for a challenge on Neil Kilkenny.
“Looking at replays, it is a dangerous, reckless challenge and it should have been a red card. Luciano was lucky to come through that without injury. But it’s gone and it’s down to others if anything comes of it.”
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But Cardiff boss Dave Jones said: “Jay had his eyes on the ball and went in to win it cleanly.”
And Bothroyd added: “It was me who was fouled. Their player knocked me over. Nobody should be sent off for trying to win the ball cleanly.”