Preston North End wait for Darnell Fisher's red card appeal verdict

Preston North End have appealed against Darnell Fisher's sending-off in the defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 12:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th February 2020, 12:09 pm

Fisher got a straight red card from referee Kevin Friend for a challenge on former PNE attacker Callum Robinson in the 64th minute of the clash at The Hawthorns.

The Lilywhites have lodged the appeal with the FA and are likely to hear back on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking at Springfields on Thursday morning, Neil said: "When I first saw it I didn't automatically think 'red card'.

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Preston right-back Darnell Fisher challenges West Brom's Callum Robinson in the air at The Hawthorns

"Sometimes when you see a challenge you think potentially someone will be in trouble but I didn't get that impression.

"What didn't help the matter was that it was right next to their dug out, they all ran on and I think Callum made the most of it.

"Because it is Darnell who has made the challenge that has played on people's minds as well.

"Having looked at it back, it is a harsh decision. I have seen miles worse tackles than that. It will be interesting to see what happens."

If the appeal - which is done by written submission and supported by video evidence - doesn't succeed, Fisher will serve a three-match suspension, starting with Saturday's visit to Fulham.

Neil said: "We should find out today (Thursday). For me, it didn't endanger the opponent.

"If anything, it was his shin which connected with Callum. If he had gone in feet flat and his studs are showing, I get it.

"I don't think the pace he went in with was particularly quick either, he never leaves the ground at any point.

"All the variables they look for as to why it would be a red card, in my opinion they weren't there in my opinion.

"It was not two-footed so we are hopeful common sense will prevail and we get a good decision on him."