Watch O’Kane’s headbutt on Knudsen which earned him a red card... which Leeds boss Christiansen hopes to appeal
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Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.
The midfielder was dismissed after 37 minutes following the incident with Knudsen, which saw the two players square-up before Town’s Danish left-back Knudsen fell to the turf following a headbutt.
A video shot from the North Stand by Alex Griffin and uploaded to his Youtube channel clearly shows O’Kane move his head towards Knudsen.
Christiansen claimed his player was provoked by Knudsen while he insisted O’Kane ‘didn’t do anything’ to warrant the sending off, which happened just yards from referee Robert Jones.
“I think we should appeal because he didn’t do anything. It was a provocation and they touched each other, and the only one who went to the ground was the opponent,” Christiansen said.
“The opponent went to him, they touched each other.
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“I hope we will appeal the decision. There is no evidence that he (O’Kane) goes to him (Knudsen). He just faced him and when there’s a contact it was provocation and the referee fell for it.
“It was him that came and provoked him.”
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He added: “I have seen a video. My son also saw there and okay I trust my son and the photographs.
“From the point of view where the camera is there is no sign of doing it.”
Speaking after the game, Town boss Mick McCarthy said: “I haven’t seen the sending off, somebody says he’s head-butted him. If that’s the case he deserves to be sent off.”