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City win Doyle appeal

27 November 2012

The Bantams have been successful in their attempts to overturn Nathan Doyle's Bristol Rovers red card after being informed by The F.A this (Tuesday) afternoon that they had won their appeal against the dismissal.

The outcome of City's appeal against Doyle's sending off now means that the midfielder will NOT have to serve a three-match ban and will be available to play in the club's F.A Cup with Budweiser Second Round tie against Brentford this Friday.

Doyle was controversially sent off last weekend in the closing stages of City's 3-3 draw at Rovers' Memorial Stadium after the fourth official for the match claimed he had seen the midfielder kick out at Seanan Clucas following the Rovers man's crude tackle on James Meredith.

Backed by video evidence of the incident though, City always argued that this wasn't the case and that Doyle has been unfairly dismissed.

Upon hearing the successful outcome of City's appeal, a delighted City boss Phil Parkinson revealed he was glad justice had been done for Doyle.

"I'm obviously pleased to hear that Nathan's red card has been overturned and that common sense has prevailed," said Parkinson.

"Watching the replay, everyone can see that Nathan hasn't kicked out at their lad, so I'm glad that The F.A have sensibly decided to rescind Nathan's red.

"I'm pleased for Nathan as well. He will now be available to help us out over these next three games instead of being suspended."

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