Royals study footage of Jobi fracasBy Jonny Fordham
February 26, 2010
Reading are still considering appealing Jobi McAnuff’s post-match red card at West Bromwich, writes JONNY FORDHAM.
The 28-year-old winger was involved in a scuffle with Baggies midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu after the final whistle and shown a straight red for violent conduct as his side ran out 3-2 winners in extra time.
If Royals’ appeal is successful, McAnuff will be available for tomorrow’s game with Sheffield Wednesday.
However, if they fail, McAnuff will miss the Wednesday clash, the FA Cup quarter-final tie with Aston Villa a week on Sunday and the visit of Derby County in the Championship on March 10.
McAnuff told getreading: “It’s just one of those things that happen in football and at this stage I don’t want to say too much about it. I know if it does stand and I do miss out then people are waiting to take their chance and step up.”
Manager Brian McDermott has also spoken to referee Lee Mason about the incident, which is being investigated by the FA, and has been studying the video footage with his staff.
He explained: “We’re looking at it and will assess it after we see all of the video evidence.
“One of their guys instigated the problem by kicking the ball at Jobi and then grabbed him. Jobi protected himself and then a lot of the stewards came onto the pitch unnecessarily.
“It was unsavoury to say the least. It was upsetting at the end. Stewards, by definition, are there to look at both sets of supporters and players. I had a word with the referee and he said he will be putting something in his report.”
Royals will again be without Jem Karacan, who had an operation on his hand after breaking it at Blackpool, while Brynjar Gunnarson (dead leg) is also a doubt.