Villa defender Herds red card dismissed

By AFP
Last updated : 25 October 2011

Herd was given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd for an alleged stamp on Jonas Olsson during Villa's 2-1 defeat to the Baggies on Saturday.

However Villa appealed the decision -- which would have led to Herd being banned for three matches after studying video footage of the innocuous-looking incident.

"Looking at the pictures again, Chris has done nothing wrong," Villa manager Alex McLeish said on Monday.

"It's a poor decision on the day by the official. These things are not deliberate, he's made an honest mistake, it's just a shame I think that he's guessed the decision rather than saw anything."

Source: AFP

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