The FA will today consider Newcastle’s appeal over the Zurab Khizanishvili sending off in Saturday’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
Zurab Khizanishvili – FA considers appeal today
Zurab was sent of for alleged violent conduct after an off-the-ball incident in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers, when he appeared to get hold of a Doncaster player’s neck.
A club statement on the matter yesterday said:
“While not disputing the validity of the referee’s decision, Newcastle United are of the opinion that the offense does not warrant the standard three-game suspension.”
So Newcastle are not disputing the fact Zurab should have been dismissed, but that the offense shouldn’t warrant the usual 3 match ban.
It will be hard to get anything out of this – because if the club admit he should have received a straight red card – that’s a 3 match ban, and we’d be very surprised if the FA does anything at all to reduce that sentence.
Red cards for violent conduct receive minimum three-match bans and while they can sometimes be lengthened for more serious offenses, they are almost never redcuced.
If Newcastle fail in their appeal today, then Khizanishvili will miss the matches against Sheffield United, Peterborough and Preston North End.
So the Blackburn defender would not play again until November 28th, when Newcastle are at home to Swansea City.
We are short of central defensive cover and have been for 5 matches with Taylor and Coloccini out, so this hardly helps.
Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, and now right-back Danny Simpson, who had been deputising in central defense, are all out injured right now.
Newcastle’s next game has been delayed until Monday evening due to TV coverage, and Hughton seems confident at least Simpson will be fit to line up against Sheffield United:
“Danny had a slight problem at the weekend but he should be back in training by the middle of the week,”
“If everything goes okay then he’ll be available for Monday night.”
Whether Taylor and Coloccini will be back from hamstring and groin injuries respectively is still unknown – but we have to hope at least Fabricio can make it back.