Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: BORO SWEAT ON MIDO BAN; in Association With: MSV SPORT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: BORO SWEAT ON MIDO BAN; in Association With: MSV SPORT

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Byline: By ADAM STEEL

GARETH Southgate was today nervously waiting to hear if Mido's controversial red card in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal will be chalked off.

The Boro boss jokingly said he will not try and get the Egyptian's late straight red at the Emirates overturned after seeing Jeremie Aliadiere's recent three-match suspension increased to four games due to a "frivolous" appeal.

But he firmly believes the former Tottenham striker should not have walked for his foot-high challenge on Gunners defender Gael Clichy and receive the three-match ban that will come with it.

Southgate, whose stance was backed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and Boro goalscorer Jeremie Aliadiere after the battling 1-1 draw, is hoping referee Mark Halsey will perform a U-turn on his decision.

Boro chief excecutive Keith Lamb confirmed the club will not be taking any further action until they receive Halsey's match report.

And Southgate said Mido's challenge was more accidental than malicious.

"I don't think Mido meant it for one minute," he said. "I must say I thought the ref had a very strong game. I think when he sees it, Clichy gets a nasty cut and he certainly catches him.

"But he is looking at the ball all the way and the lad is distraught because he is not a dirty player.

"He is disappointed that it has been such a nasty injury but he certainly didn't have any intention.

"The lad has put his head down and I think he is looking at the ball trying to bring it down.

"Hopefully the ref will have a look at it because obviously there is no way we can appeal for anything at the moment."

Asked if players should make such high challenges, Southgate said: "I've seen plenty of players try and control things at that height.

"I just don't think there was any intent to cause anybody any harm.

"I can't argue that it's a horrendous injury.

"But I genuinely feel the lad was trying to play the ball and ifMark feels that differently when he sees it again, then we have to accept that. …

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