Middlesbrough are to appeal against Daniel Ayala’s red card in their defeat to Preston North End on Wednesday night.
Referee Keith Stroud’s decision to send the defender off for a challenge on Brandon Barker just after the hour mark swung the game in Lilywhites’ favour.
The visitors were 1-0 down at the time but Paul Gallagher scored the resulting free-kick to level things up before Jayden Stockley headed home the winner nine minutes from time.
Should the decision be upheld Ayala would serve a four-game ban for his second red card of the season.
“The club will be submitting a claim for the wrongful dismissal of Dani Ayala during Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by Preston North End at the Riverside,” Boro said in a statement.
“Ayala was given a straight red card by referee Keith Stroud in the 62nd minute of the game after a challenge on Brandon Barker with Boro leading 1-0.
“The match official deemed this to be ‘serious foul play’ and the defender currently faces a four-game ban.
“The claim will be lodged before the 1pm deadline on Friday, and the disciplinary panel will review before our weekend game at Aston Villa.”