Santos could be let off red card

REFEREE Iain Williamson has agreed to reconsider the second yellow card which led to Georges Santos' sending off at Millwall on Saturday.

REFEREE Iain Williamson has agreed to reconsider the second yellow card which led to Georges Santos' sending off at Millwall on Saturday, writes Derek Davis.

In an unusual step – as there is no right of appeal for a sending off resulting from two bookings – the official from Theale, near Reading, and the refereeing assessor at the game at the New Den told Blues boss Joe Royle they would review the video of the incident.

If they accept that Santos was not guilty of deliberately obstructing Kevin Braniff and rescind the yellow card, Santos will not face an automatic ban which would have seen him miss the Crystal Palace game at home on December 28.

They may also decide that Jim Magilton's card for arguing the decision should not stand, although that could depend on what the Irishman actually said in the heat of the moment.


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Royle last night said: "I asked the referee to have another look at the booking and he has agreed. It was big of him to do that, so perhaps there is an outside chance he will rescind the card."

If Santos does miss out, Ipswich will hope Richard Naylor is fully fit by then.

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The gritty Yorkshireman is making steady progress from a hamstring pull and is expected to train this week.

Drissa Diallo is also recovering well from the worst injury he has ever endured (knee ligaments) and it is hoped he will join in full training next week.

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