George pleads his innocence

GEORGE O'Callaghan has protested his innocence after becoming the fifth Ipswich player to be dismissed this season.Steve Bennett showed his 13th red card of the season after claiming O'Callaghan stamped on Watford defender Dan Shittu, something the Irishman strenuously denies.

By Derek Davis

GEORGE O'Callaghan has protested his innocence after becoming the fifth Ipswich player to be dismissed this season.

Steve Bennett showed his 13th red card of the season after claiming O'Callaghan stamped on Watford defender Dan Shittu, something the Irishman strenuously denies.

O'Callaghan said: “We both went down and we were just trying to untangle our legs. It was nothing and I was utterly amazed when he came over and showed the red card.


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“There was nothing in it at all but I still feel really bad. I feel I have let the lads down although they were brilliant in the second half.

“They deserved at least a draw out of the game and I can't see what was wrong with Danny Haynes' goal (which was disallowed for offside).”

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Saturday was O'Callaghan's first start since signing from Cork City.

He will now miss tomorrow's match at home to Wolves, Saturday's trip to Southampton and the home game with QPR.

O'Callaghan said: “I'm devastated to make my start and now I will be out for three games.”

David Wright was dismissed on his home debut a month ago against Colchester after making his bow at Sunderland, while Fabian Wilnis, Owen Garvan and Simon Walton have also seen red for Town this season. Walton was also sent off for Cardiff on Saturday playing against his old club Leeds United.

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