Jack Whatmough's red-card appeal - when Portsmouth will find out if it's successful and previous cases overturned

Pompey will appeal Jack Whatmough’s straight red card he received in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Lincoln.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 1:00 pm

The defender was given his marching orders on the half-hour mark following a challenge on the Imps’ Jorge Grant.

Referee Sam Purkiss deemed the tackle serious foul play, therefore reducing Kenny Jackett’s side to 10 men.

The Blues now wait to hear whether their bid to get the decision overturned will be successful if Whatmough man feature at Charlton on Saturday.

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Here’s all the key information you need on why Pompey are appealing, when they’ll find out if Whatmough’s suspension is overturned and previous red cards the Blues have had rescinded.

Why are Pompey appealing the red card?

Kenny Jackett doesn't make frivolous appeals, nor does he bemoan refereeing decisions unless he's adamant it was the wrong one.

The Blues boss felt that Whatmough won the ball and didn’t deserve his marching orders.

Jack Whatmough was given a straight red card in Pompey's defeat to Lincoln. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jackett said: ‘I was surprised that it was a red, I was expecting a yellow card at the time.

‘While I always respect the referee’s decision, we will be appealing.

‘I assessed it at the time, it was a gut feeling if you like, but then, looking after it after, whether he feels Jack played the man as well as the ball, it’s quite clear on the replay he got the ball.’

What did Lincoln make of the tackle?

Imps boss Michael Appleton, winning for the first time at Fratton Park since departing in 2012, admitted he could see why some people thought the challenge didn’t warrant a dismissal.

However, because both of Whatmough's feet came off the floor, he felt it was an easy decision for the referee.

Appleton said: ‘Some people will think it’s harsh. The thing that doesn’t help Jack is that he came off the floor with both feet. That’s the one the referees are worrying about these days, when you come off the floor with both feet and put your opponent in danger.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done plenty of them over the years but the game has moved on a little bit since I finished playing.

‘The referee hasn’t got a replay or VAR, he’s got to make a decision and I think he made it easy for him.’

Who will decide on the appeal?

Three members of the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission will meet to discuss the appeal.

How will the panel make its decision?

The members will review referee Sam Purkiss and fourth official Sam Allison's respective reports, along with video footage of the tackle.

The panel will then consider the relevant laws of the game in relation to serious foul play.

Have Pompey made any successful red-card appeals in recent seasons?

During Jackett’s time as PO4 boss, there have been two sendings off overturned.

In the 2017-18 season, Dion Donohue was given his marching orders in a 2-1 loss at Doncaster.

The Welshman lashed out at Niall Mason and was set for a three-match ban for violent conduct.

However, the FA agreed it was a case of wrongful dismissal.

The following season, Ben Thompson was given a straight red card in the closing stages of a 2-1 defeat to Charlton at Fratton Park.

The midfielder was dismissed for serious foul play for a challenge on Lyle Taylor, but that was overturned by the FA.

When might Pompey find out if their appeal is successful?

On the past two occasions the Blues have successfully appealed red cards, they’ve found out two days after the games took place.

Therefore, Pompey are likely to find out on Thursday.

If overturned, will Jack Whatmough be available for Saturday's trip to Charlton?

Yes, the defender will not be suspended and can be involved at The Valley.

What happens if the appeal fails?

Whatmough will have to serve a three-match ban.

That means he will be suspended for League One games against Charlton, Plymouth and Swindon.

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