Cardiff City have failed in their bid to get Joe Ralls’ red card against Tottenham Hotspur overturned.
The Bluebirds challenged the red card, but their appeal has been rejected by the Football Association.
Ralls was sent off in the 59th minute of Tottenham’s 1-0 Premier League win against the Welsh strugglers at Wembley on Saturday for an absolutely shocking off the ball tackle on Brazilian Lucas Moura.
After the match, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock decided to criticise Spurs striker Harry Kane for his part on defending Moura after the cynical challenge.
Warnock believed that referee Mike Dean should have awarded nothing more than a yellow card and felt that the decision of violent conduct was ‘soft’
He told the BBC at the time: “England player going off like that, dear me. He went straight in and pushed him. Why not give him a red?” he said.
“I don’t think you should try to get other pros sent off, just because he’s had a poor game and Spurs were having a poor game. He shouldn’t take it out on us.”
“It disappoints me because Mike [Dean] is an experienced referee and a good referee,” Warnock added.
“I think if he’d gone with his gut instinct he would have given a yellow card because that’s what he was going to.
“Then one or two busy people went around to the other linesman in particular, and I think he’s [Dean] taken advice.
“I thought it was a very soft one to say the least. He said violent conduct. I don’t see it being violent conduct. I think it was cynical.”
Ralls will now miss the matches against Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City.
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