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O'Hara Punishment Request Lodged


09:40 16th April 2013

Wolves submit evidence to FA

Wolves can confirm that they have lodged a request to limit what would be the standard punishment that Jamie O’Hara could expect following his dismissal against Huddersfield.

O’Hara received a red card just after Huddersfield’s third goal when reacting angrily to a forceful, foul challenge from Town substitute Keith Southern.

Boss Dean Saunders confirmed at his lunchtime press conference yesterday that the club would not be claiming wrongful dismissal, for the incident in which O’Hara raised his hands and pushed Southern, but felt that the standard three game punishment for such a dismissal would be excessive.

There is scope, within the FA’s disciplinary guidelines, for a club to appeal if they feel that there were exceptional circumstances involved in the incident and that, therefore, the standard punishment would be disproportionate.   

Wolves’ Manager, Dean Saunders has said that he felt that the initial challenge from Southern was equally as forceful as the reaction from O’Hara and expressed his disappointment with the Huddersfield player’s reaction to the push.

Wolves have until 1pm today to submit DVD and written evidence in support of their claim.

The minimum suspension, even if the ruling from the FA were to be favourable to Wolves, would be an immediate one match ban. O’Hara will not therefore be available for tonight’s game versus Hull City.

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