Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elleray Is Relaxed on Card Ruling

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elleray Is Relaxed on Card Ruling

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MATCH officials will not feel hamstrung by the surprise decision to overturn Vincent Kompany's red card against Arsenal, the Football Association's referees chief David Elleray has claimed.

The decision to rule referee Mike Dean had made an error was the latest in a rash of judgements this season which has seen the FA's regulatory commission overturn six red cards handed out to top-flight players.

Kompany was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and the FA's decision has been privately condemned by some officials.

Elleray is chairman of the FA's referees committee and, speaking at the launch of the organisation's 150th anniversary celebrations, he insisted officials would not be suffering any crisis of confidence as a result.

He said: "The FA has an independent regulatory decision and it has to decide if they believe a referee made a clear, obvious error; in their view he Deandid. "When you have a referee's decision overturned then some people will be disappointed but ultimately there's a process which has to be gone through. …

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