Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cana Makes an Official Protest

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cana Makes an Official Protest

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

SUSPENDED skipper Lorik Cana admits inconsistent refereeing has proved a major frustration in his first season in England.

The Sunderland midfielder will sit out this weekend's game against Birmingham as he completes a twomatch ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards this season.

Cana knows his role as a ball-winner will inevitably lead to suspensions over the course of the campaign, but he feels he has been harshly treated by referees on some occasions this season.

He points out not all referees view incidents the same way, citing as an example Chris Foy's decision to let Manchester City's Gareth Barry off with a booking when he barged into David Meyler as the Sunderland man tried to take a quick free-kick at the weekend.

The Albanian international said: "It is normal for me to be suspended two or three games a season so I don't complain about that, but the hard thing to accept are inconsistent decisions.

"For me the incident with Gareth Barry was a red card. David Meyler is a real man and did not make a big drama out of it, but you can compare what Barry did to what Kenwyne Jones did when he was sent off against West Ham this season.

"If Kenwyne deserved a red card then so did Barry on Sunday. He was quite aggressive.

"We played a good game with Manchester City and over the 90 minutes a draw was the right result.

"Who knows how it might have turned out if the referee had seen it differently? "A win and two more points could have made a big difference for us."

Cana's latest ban is his third of the season and will mean he has missed four games so far through suspension.

The ex-Marseille man sat out the trip to Spurs at the beginning of November after reaching five bookings, then missed the game at Manchester City after being sent off for two bookable offences against Aston Villa in December. …

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