MANCHESTER (AFP) – Manchester City lodged an appeal with the Football Association on Monday as they sought to overturn the red card handed out to Vincent Kompany in their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
In a brief statement, Premier League leaders City said the appeal would be heard before Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Eastlands.
If an appeal is rejected, City will be without star defender Kompany for both legs of the semi-final and league games against Wigan and Tottenham.
Kompany was, controversially, shown a straight red card by referee Chris Foy in the 12th minute of Cup holders’ City’s 3-2 third round loss at home to United on Sunday for a two-footed tackle on Nani even though he won the ball cleanly.
City, already 1-0 down to an early Wayne Rooney goal, were 3-0 behind at the break after further goals from Danny Welbeck and Rooney.
However, despite being down to 10 men, City hit back in the second half through Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero.
But it was not enough to prevent a defeat in the third round — the stage at which top-flight clubs enter the FA Cup – and with it the defence of the trophy City won after beating Stoke in last season’s final.
City manager Roberto Mancini subsequently claimed United’s Wayne Rooney influenced Foy into showing Kompany a red card — something the England striker rejected emphatically on Monday.
“Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i didn’t give red card, said Rooney. “But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle.”
Mancini compared the actions of Rooney, seen speaking to Foy after Kompany’s tackle and before the sending-off, to his own in waving an imaginary red card during City’s win over Liverpool last week.
“It was not a red card,” Mancini said. “Rooney told him his decision.
“When I did this against Liverpool, people told me not to do it.
“I said I was sorry and made a mistake,” the Italian added.
If City captain Kompany’s ban is upheld, and with Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty, that would leave Joleon Lescott and Stefan Savic as the club’s first-choice central defensive duo.
However, Mancini was confident City would get Kompany’s ban overturned, in which case the defender would be available for Wednesday’s visit of Liverpool.
“We will appeal. I am sure we will win,” he said.
City lead reigning champions United by three points at the top of the Premier League table.