Curbs fumes over appeals
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Curbishley is unhappy that Paul Konchesky will miss two Premiership ties.Alan Curbishley is becoming increasingly disillusioned with the appeal process in English football after Paul Konchesky was the recipient of a controversial two-match ban.
The Charlton stopper was dismissed from the club's reserve game against Crystal Palace in January for using foul and/or abusive language after the final whistle, and was handed a two-match Premiership ban for the incident.
However Curbishley's objections arise from the fact that if the 23-year-old had been shown the red before the game ended then the ban would only have applied to reserve fixtures.
Kevin Lisbie also missed three senior games for an offence incurred whilst turning out for the reserves, and Konchesky will be absent for the games with Aston Villa and Norwich after seeing his appeal rejected.
Curbishley was deeply unhappy with the failure of the appeal process to take into account his view of the circumstances, and indicated that he would have to reassess the way in which he approaches reserve fixtures in future.
"Firstly, we're very disappointed by Paul's actions, but we're also disappointed with the whole situation," Curbishley told the club's official website.
"The way I feel at the moment I have lost all faith in the appeal process, it just seems a waste of time.
"If Paul had been sent off during the reserve match then he wouldn't have been suspended for any Premiership games, perhaps someone should get their act in order.
"As a club, we take the reserve league very seriously - we play senior players when the occasion demands and play our home games at The Valley.
"But this is our second suspension from a reserve match this season and if these things keep happening, perhaps we will have to reconsider our approach with regard to senior players in the future."