James supports referee over red card

PORTSMOUTH goalkeeper David James has backed referee Mark Halsey after the red-card incident which left Ipswich fuming.Town were angered with Halsey's decision to send off Liam Trotter after 25 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to the Premier League side at Portman Road.

PORTSMOUTH goalkeeper David James has backed referee Mark Halsey after the red-card incident which left Ipswich fuming.

Town were angered with Halsey's decision to send off Liam Trotter after 25 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to the Premier League side at Portman Road.

Trotter, who received his marching orders for a tackle on Pedro Mendes, will find out today if the club's appeal on his behalf has been successful.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton was angered by Halsey for issuing a straight red card for the foul and even Pompey boss Harry Redknapp thought it was harsh.


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But James thinks the time has come to clamp down on the spate of potentially career-ending horror tackles that have been seen recently.

He said: “The red card incident all happened very quickly and I didn't see clearly what happened.

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“My feeling is the sending off was because he came off the ground. That is a standard red card at the moment.”

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