HUTH LOSES APPEAL
Stoke City defender Robert Huth will now be missing again for Stoke city after having lost his appeal against the red card issued in a match against Sunderland recently.
Robert Huth was sent off in the match against Sunderland during the weekend. It was a decision that was highly controversial because of the fact that Sunderland were able to take advantage of the 10 man Stoke city to power themselves to a victory in the end.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was extremely critical after the match of the refereeing decisions, which saw his side lose their home match.
Robert Huth was dismissed early in the first half after his lunge on the Sunderland player David Meyler. The referee deemed it to be a worthy of a red card. Red cards are now being issued quite normally for players going in with 2 foot off the ground.
It has become a serious issue in the Premier league nowadays, especially after the injury to Arsenal striker Eduardo a few years ago. David Meyler made a meal of the challenge and it seems to have persuaded the referee to give a red card, although the replays have since shown that the former Chelsea defender did not actually make any significant contact with David Meyler.
“An independent regulatory commission has today dismissed the claim of wrongful dismissal of Stoke City’s Robert Huth. The defender will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect following his red card for serious foul play in the game with Sunderland on February 4,” read an FA statement on the official website.
As a result of this suspension, Robert Huth will be unavailable for the matches against Fulham and Swansea in the Premier league and also the match against Crawley town in the fifth round of the FA Cup. His suspension has affected Stoke’s latest Premier League betting odds, with their chances of netting European football next season drifting out to 10/1.