West Brom repeat red card error as Cardiff's Flint sees ban rescinded
West Brom may have made a big error in not appealing Sam Johnstone’s red card against Cardiff City as the Bluebirds defender Aden Flint has seen his ban rescinded.
The ugly scenes that concluded the Baggies’ Championship draw with Steve Morison’s side saw Johnstone and Flint confront each other in the centre circle.
Referee Thomas Bramall saw fit to send both players off for an early bath despite there seeming little evidence to suggest violent conduct.
While Cardiff chose to appeal the decision, Valerien Ismael opted not to do the same with Johnstone or Alex Mowatt, who saw red earlier in the game for a lunged tackle on Will Vaulks.
The French manager did the same with full-back Darnell Furlong in November when he was sent off for a tackle against Fulham.
The wide census on Furlong’s dismissal was that it was harsh but the club moved on after opting against an appeal.
They had a good chance to overturn that decision but their choice not to attempt to rescind Johnstone’s ban has been made more questionable with Flint’s let off.
Making the error once is acceptable, to repeat the same mistake though isn’t.
West Brom should have learnt from the Furlong-Fulham situation and appealed Johnstone’s red card given how little evidence of violent conduct there really was.
Perhaps they decided not to as the 28-year-old England international is being mooted with a move to Southampton.
David Button will take the gloves for the Baggies’ FA Cup clash against his former side Brighton as Johnstone serves the first of his three-match ban.
Button is an adequate replacement in the short term but Ismael might need to go in search of a new ‘keeper if Johnstone leaves the club in January.
In other West Brom news, the club were the subject of a rather bizarre question on German TV.