Lisbie confident his ban will be overturned

KEVIN Lisbie will find out this afternoon if he has played his last game for Colchester.

The 31-year-old striker was shown a straight red card at Charlton on Tuesday night after referee Michael Jones judged that he had head-butted opposition skipper Nicky Bailey.

The U’s lodged an appeal to the Football Association against the dismissal yesterday morning and a disciplinary panel will review television footage of the incident at 1pm today.

The Essex club are fully confident that the three match suspension for violent conduct will be overturned. However, if the FA deem it a ‘frivolous appeal’ – as they did with Ipswich striker Jon Stead earlier this season – then an extra game could be added to the suspension.

Should the latter transpire it would make it likely that Lisbie has played his last game for Colchester as there are just four games left of the season, the U’s are struggling for the play-offs and the striker’s loan deal from Ipswich Town runs out at the end of the campaign.

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“It’s ridiculous really,” said Lisbie, reflecting on the stoppage time incident.

“He (Nicky Bailey) wasn’t happy about how I challenged him as I put the ball through, he comes up to me, we go head-to-head and somehow I get sent-off and he doesn’t even get a booking.

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“The referee was behind me and I think he (Bailey) sees an opportunity to get me sent-off because he pulls his head back as if I’ve gone for him.

“I’m just praying that I don’t get a three or four match ban now because if I can’t play the last few games then I will feel like I’ve let Colchester down.”

n John-Joe O’Toole could face a minimum of six months on the sidelines if the serious knee injury he suffered on Tuesday night is confirmed as anterior cruciate ligament damage.

The U’s midfielder appeared to get his studs caught in the turf in the build up to Charlton’s winning goal, manager Aidy Boothroyd confirming that O’Toole heard a ‘crack’ come from his left knee.

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