The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town striker Kieran Agard will receive a three match ban for his red card sustained on Saturday. The 22 year old was dismissed just two minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Colchester United, with referee Steve Rushton deeming Agard's tackle on Martin Rowlands as being worthy of Serious Foul Play.
Agard will now miss the next three first team matches, leaving him out of Saturday's away trip to Carlisle United, the home match against Brentford, and the away match against Milton Keynes Dons. Assuming there are no postponements, he will return on March 10th, for the trip to Oldham Athletic.
Speaking after Saturday's match, manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset that although he didn't agree with referee Rushton's decision, that he couldn't see himself appealing against it, because of the way that the FA's Appeals Panel had thrown out the club's attempt to get club captain Paul Huntington's ban rescinded:
"There is no way that I'm going to appeal, because I'll be honest with you, what's the point? If you can't get (Paul) Huntington off his one, and if that's not a proper tackle, then it's a different game now. As managers we're going to have to accept that, and it's pointless appealing. Unless it's mistaken identity, you're never going to get anything."
Agard became Yeovil Town's seventh red card of the 2011-12 season. In addition, this season the club as a whole have been fined by the FA for their team's conduct in the away match at Chesterfield, whilst captain Huntington and vice-captain Luke Ayling have received separate call-ups by the FA for incidents following their red cards. The Glovers have also picked up nine separate suspensions for accumulations of yellow cards - a set of stats that has seen them pick up the most yellow and red card offenses in the division. Huntington will serve the last of his four match ban as part of Saturday's trip to Carlisle.
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