Liverpool to appeal red cards

2009-11-01 15:39

London - Liverpool will appeal the red cards shown to defenders Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher in Saturday's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Fulham, said manager Rafa Benitez.

It was the Reds fifth loss in the league this season and leaves them in fifth place nine points behind leaders Chelsea after 11 matches.

"We will try to appeal against both red cards because for me it's very clear that Carragher was kicking the ball and the other one Degen was not kicking the player," Benitez told the club website.

With Liverpool losing 2-1 following Erik Nevland's strike, Swiss fullback Degen was the first to go after 79 minutes when referee Lee Mason showed a straight red for his late challenge on Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey.

Three minutes later the visitors were reduced to nine men, after Carragher's challenge on striker Bobby Zamora was deemed a professional foul, before Dempsey added a third goal.

"For me, the first one with Degen was a yellow card, and with the second one it was clear that Carra was kicking the ball and not Zamora," Benitez added. "I watched the replay and it is clear."

Fulham had taken a first-half lead through Zamora before a Fernando Torres equaliser just before the break, but the visitors faded badly when the Spaniard was replaced on the hour.

Torres played in last weekend's 2-0 win over Manchester United, a result that had appeared to haul them back into the title race, despite fitness worries and Benitez had not expected him to feature for the full match at Craven Cottage.

"After this game he needed four days to be ready again but he still isn't 100 percent fit, so we had to decide if he could start today or use him for part of the second half. We decided to start with him but I have to protect the player."

"We decided to take him off just after the hour because I want to protect him and don't want to lose an important player like Fernando for one month. We had options in attack when he came off."

One of those was 18-year-old English striker Nathan Ecclestone who came on to replace Yossi Benayoun with 12 minutes remaining for his league debut.

"We now have a difficult (Champions League) game against Lyon. My concern now is we have too many injuries and we have to analyse which players will be available for Wednesday," added Benitez.

Liverpool were without six first-team players for Saturday's match including injured captain Steven Gerrard and defenders Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

They travel to French side Olympique Lyon on Wednesday having lost two of their first three Group E games this season.


  • dangerdoug - 2009-11-01 16:44

    clearly Rafa has vital info about players that the fans don't. If he says Torres neede four days to recover, then we should understand there are facts we dont know. Its a pity the subs could not score and that 2 minor fouls resulted in red cards. The bad luck continues and impatient unknowledgeable fans are offer no support just added critisicism.The real red army is behind Rafa come good or bad.

  • Never Walk Alone - 2009-11-01 20:31

    Well I hope Rafa gets it right for us in Europe - because he has clearly blown our chances of winning the Premiership !!

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2009-11-02 09:13

    dont stress dangerdoug, rafa's job is safe, he as fulfiled the boards only need of the sesaon that is beat manutd.

  • Kman - 2009-11-02 09:16

    Isn't justice wonderful??? Just last week the Reds got away with several dodgy fouls in beating Man U and now the chickens have come home to roost! Loving it. PS. Carragher fully deserved his red card - should have got one against Man U too last week

  • United Fan - 2009-11-02 09:57

    Liverpool lose ...................Again. Ag Shame. Nevermind, they beat Man.United

  • TRUE Red - 2009-11-02 10:31

    i have never seen so many injuries to important players all at the same time ! Sheesh, no luck whatsoever ! What Rafa said, and i agree with dangerdoug, "We have too many injuries and I have to analyse how many players I have available." & also, as per the article, "Liverpool were without six first-team players for Saturday's match including injured captain Steven Gerrard and defenders Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger" - let's not forget the likes of Riera, Aurelio & Aquilani were also not playing !

  • Heavy - 2009-11-02 10:37

    shame on you liverpool

  • The Devil - 2009-11-02 10:44

    From a staunch United supporter, i have to say that those red cards were dodgy. not deserved at all. even though i despise Liverpool, with my entire being, i mean entirely, its not nice to see you guys going down the drain like this. the only reason why i despise you is because of the threat you pose season after season. this howerev is not going well for you guys and its not nice to see. what is nice to see though, is the goal Berbi scored this weekend. OMG. what a cracker. come on red devils.

  • Heavy - 2009-11-02 10:49

    shame on you liverpool. Those two deserves the red cards.

  • Shaheen - 2009-11-02 10:58

    Karma I say, Carra should've received his marching orders against United, and now got sent off (where it may have only been a yellow)... That's just how it works. @ Never Walk Alone... he clearly had the game against Lyon on his mind, and underestimated Fulham, any points dropped against Lyon, and the pressure will increase even further.

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  • Soccer fan - 2009-11-02 13:35

    To all the scousers out there, put your money on a sure bet this season. Arsenal for the premiership title. Admit it , these guys are getting better after each game. Chelskea & manure ...beware of the GUNNERS!!!

  • Ebi - 2009-11-02 13:59

    What a bunch of losers! Blaming injuries! PATHETIC!!! There have been occasions over the past few years when Man U and Chelsea have had just as much, if not MORE injuries. Did they lose 6 out of 7?? Not a chance!! The reason why liverpool is a CRAP TEAM and why benitez is a USELESS IDIOT is because they have no depth, it's taken him 5 years to build a TWO man team!!! If the manager is too stupid to build a a proper squad, you can't blame injuries!

  • Naz - 2009-11-02 14:02

    I have come to the conclusion that United allows Liverpool to win each time they meet, simply to keep them up as one of the top four, and to keep the historical rivalry going... Pity Liverpool, who can't even keep up with the likes of Fulham these days, are too useless to accept the opening... :-) Suddenly, losing to Liverpool is such an anticlimax... Man United forever!

  • Ebi - 2009-11-02 14:08

    I hope carra's red gets rescinded though, that guy has become so poor I'm sure he'll cost liverpool more games in the future, let him play!!!!! HAHAHA!!!

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2009-11-02 14:18

    Soccer fan 11/2/2009 1:35 PM 2-1 2-1 2-1, we not afraid of ass - anal.

  • CRIDDLE - 2009-11-02 15:06

    Where are all the LFC supporters this week. Last week they were the kings, this week OOPS they suck again. Excuses blaming the ref, injuries blah blah blah. The commentator said it best "The blip in the last 6 games was the win against United". I am looking forward to Liverpool losing in europe this week and the court jester blaming the ball boy and his dog for their misfortune.

  • Sixpack Jo - 2009-11-02 19:18

    Fergie was proven correct again. IMO, Liverpool got away with murder last week. They desparately needed a miracle to beat Man Utd, and they got just that in gutless performance by Andre Marriner. Karma does catch up, Ahooooooooo!

  • Krakatoa - 2009-11-02 19:34

    If Liverpool do appeal and these red cards are rescinded, it will confirm the FA's bias towards Liverpool because they rejected Middlesbrough's appeal for Jeremie Aliadiere last season, for his red card against Liverpool. They actually extended his ban to 4 games. BTW, Liverpool went on to win that game, thats how they managed to come 2nd. With all FA favoritism Liverpool are still crap!

  • Never Walk Alone - 2009-11-02 20:47

    Well you wont get any moaning or excuses from this Liverpool supporter. Let the truth be known that at the moment yes we do have injuries to top players - BUT THATS NO EXCUSE FOR K@K PERFORMANCES !! Benitez, Yanks and company must take the blame for these embaressing results - simply because they made shite decisions when it came to buying players and team selection - bottom line - if the parachute doesnt open, and you dont have a backup - expect to hit the ground with a big splat ! I will support LFC till I die - but I dont have to support the Manager and his crap selections or lame excuses ! Benitez is not and will not be the saviour of LFC - HIS TIME IS UP AND HE MUST GO - anyone who thinks differently and keeps refer to PAST stats is walking around with their head up their arse !

  • RedStreak - 2009-11-03 08:50

    @Never Walk Alone, you are an embodiment of the team you support (inconsistency), 2 weeks ago you, TRUE Red and others were Rafa fans, singing the praises for your useless manager, refering each other to a partisan web site and all hyped up, like Liverpool before the Man Utd game. You must decide whether he is a good or a poor manager, and stick to your guns. IMO he is useless and his team is crap, after all these years, and money spent he cannot show much. One fluked CL and FA Cup (West Ham took them to the wire - except for a last minute Gerrard pile driver and a win on penalties). Rafa should become a vet, I believe he analyses the players blood regularly for fitness purposes, its not working!

  • Never Walk Alone - 2009-11-03 10:58

    @Red Streak - All praise levelled by me at Benitez in ALL of my comments, past and present HAVE BEEN TONGUE IN CHEEK ! I have NEVER been a fan of Benitez - and NEVER will ! You are right - in his tenure at LFC he has achieved 1 x CL and 1x FA Cup - his past success before joining LFC - has been a league and CL win with Valencia - otherwise he has achieved squat ! If the powers that be at Liverpool, and our supporters think he is the man to lead the club out of the doldrums, then we are in need of some serious devine intervention !! Only problem is that it will cost Liverpool a fortune to get rid of him - an expense the club can ill afford - SO WE JUST HAVE TO SUCK IT UP - and put up with this arshole until an alternative solution is sort !

  • TRUE Red - 2009-11-03 11:25

    it's funny how it takes a 9 man, injury struck Reds, away loss to get the Manc's from getting out from under their blanket's after last weekend ! For all the so-called experts, read this : [url][/url]

  • Gar - 2009-11-03 15:07

    you know people need to stop making all these excuses for liverpool, they are playing shit. I am a liverpool supporter till death and just cause they playing shit doesnt mean im gonna stop watching or supporting them thats what you call a barcelona fan or real madrid fan.I only where my shirt when liverpool lose because its when im most supportive of them.

  • Happy people! - 2009-11-04 18:10

    I love Smarties to the day I die also, I when I am down I eat more Smarties!

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