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Halsey Not Planning 'U' Turn Over Cohen Red Card

Two days after the event and the dust has yet to settle in the aftermath of the 4-1 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday. Referee Mark Halsey has come in for some severe criticism following his performance, not just for the incident involving Cohen, but for a catalogue of errors that the majority of Forest fans and a fair few neutrals, say cost us the game
(We're not bitter....honest).

Nottingham Forest are to appeal the decision made by Halsey, in which he issued Chris Cohen with a straight red card for a challenge on George McCartney after only 36 minutes of the game. TV replays showed that both players went for the ball with both feet off the ground and also showed that Cohen won the ball cleanly, despite the theatricals from McCartney and the Leeds United bench afterwards. Following the protests from the home dugout and a fair bit of encouragement from the Elland Road faithful, Halsey took the advice of his lineman and sent Cohen off.

According to journalist Danny Taylor's twitter page, referee Mark Halsey is showing no signs of changing his mind over his decision, declaring the referee thinks it was justified. Unfortunately for Halsey, it wasn't the only decision he got wrong on the day, at least in the eyes of Forest fans.

Other errors in the game, included a penalty claim from the Reds', when Snodgrass handled in the area. Halsey awarded a free kick to the home side, saying Tudgay impeded his man. United's first goal was earned from a dubious free kick, given against Morgan, when Halsey was conned....again by Snodgrass. The second Leeds goal saw Camp hauled to the ground by Becchio, but Halsey failed to see it and allowed play to go on, only for Becchio to put the ball in the net. The third goal came from a similar dubious foul, where Gradel was successful in buying a free kick. All this in a game that saw Paul Anderson leave the field after only 30 minutes, with what could turn out to be a broken rib from one of many Leeds United tackles that went unpunished on the day. Add to this, the fact that he booked 5 Forest players, to the Leeds' 1 and you'd be forgiven from asking just who's side Halsey was on.

Good luck to Forest in pursuing their appeal, but I wouldn't hold your breath for a positive outcome. The Football League have a tendency to bottle it when it comes to doing the right thing and rarely go against the referee. It would be nice if Halsey could do the honourable thing and admit to making a mistake, however that doesn't look like happening, if Danny Taylor has it right.




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Date:Monday April 4 2011

Time: 11:46AM

Your Comments

Spot on. I wouldn't blame McCartney for being slow to get up after the incident though. He fell awkwardly and to be fair it probably hurt. Also, there's no mention of Tyson's throat!
in_the_top_one
To be fair the game always carried an undercurrent of aggro and with the tension carried forward by this it was no surprise to see cohen red carded. Because of his bad looking tackle
dangerousman
Was there any 'universal uproar' at the City Ground earlier in the season when Gunter deliberately stamped on Watt as seen by the TV cameras ???? A clear sending off in the penalty area. Get real. Tewo points from six games isnt all Mark Halseys fault. You are oin the slide and will not make the play offs. Your bubble is burst and your managerial midget will be a man out of work by the end of the season. Job Done as the wee man likes to put it.
erni
What should happen? - Referee sanction Halsey for HUGGING leeds player before the game - Referee and Linesman demoted (but please God not to the championship) for abject performance - Ref watches the video evidence and admits to making an (understandable) error - Leeds manager disciplined for undermining FA respect campaign (if players are supposed to set a good example by not hounding a ref, how can the FA ignore a manager running onto the pitch to do so????) - Cohen card rescinded, so the poor officials only cost us 3 points, rather than potentially much more What will happen? - Ref will cover his *** and stand by his decision - FA will ignore Grayson, and the video evidence, and close ranks to cover up incompetence - Ludicrous ban will be served - FIFA will continue to faff about on video technology and do basically nothing
Husky Red
10 out of 10 Husky. The game's all about politics these days, the money's taken all the sportsmanship, morals and ethics (if indeed there ever were any ethics in football) out of the game. We're the fools for expecting anything more from a Leeds club who were taught way back when by Don Revie how to cheat, con or steal their way to victory at whatever the cost and a referee who ought to have been wearing a white shirt on Saturday. Maybe he had a big bet on the game or something.
melgarion
Stop moaning and get real, Red card was the right decision, try incompetant for your Manager ' JOB DONE ' yes he has your out of the top 6 end of story. Move on !!!
Tiny T
For God's sake people, BOTH players went in with two feet off the ground and if you look at it, only McCartney's studs were showing, Cohen's lead foot had his studs firmly pointed at the ground! McCartney landed on the ball that's all, which is why he went flying. Grayson and Co did what you'd expect from Leeds and put in an Oscar winning performance to try to get Cohen sent off - and Halsey fell for it. Maybe it was just the linesman who had a bet on then.
melgarion
 

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