Jason Roberts hoping to get Palace red card overturnedBy Jonny Fordham
April 23, 2012
Jason Roberts is hoping that the Football League rescind his red card picked up in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Referee Andy D'Urso sent-off the Reading striker when he accidentally caught Palace defender Jonathan Parr with an elbow at the end of the first half.
Roberts, who became the first Royals player to be sent off all season, has the backing of his manager Brian McDermott as they consider their options.
The 34-year-old striker said: “I'm a little bit disappointed. I kept my eye on the ball and I had no intention whatsoever. I was just trying to be in control of the situation.
“Hopefully we will have a look at it, I'll speak to the manager. I spoke to the guy afterwards and everyone understands there was no intent.”
If the club's appeal is rejected, then Roberts will miss at least three games - starting away to Birmingham City this week and carrying over into next season.
And Royals boss McDermott also sided with his player.
He added: "It was a complete accident.
"I've spoken to Andy D'Urso and I'm sure once he sees it he'll realise it's a complete and utter accident and the card will be hopefully be rescinded.
"Fair play to the referee, he said he's definitely going to look at it. And it was an honest mistake - nothing more than that, that's how it is sometimes.
"I saw it at half time and I've seen it seven or eight times since. And this is Jason Roberts you're talking about - there's no way he'd ever do anything like that deliberately.
"He's running for the ball, and if you're running you have to have your arms out. I've never run yet with my arms down by my side. And he's looking at the ball all along.
"I've spoken to their player, he realises it's an accident, Dougie (Freedman) realises it's an accident.
“He caught their player in the face, but those things happen every day of the week in football. And it was clearly a complete accident."