Wolverhampton Wanderers have said that they are extremely disappointed that the English FA have decided to reject the appeal over the red card for Nenad Milijas. Nenad Milijas was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal recently.
The match was scheduled to take place on Boxing Day, but was postponed due to a tube strike in London. The match went as planned on Tuesday and Arsenal went into the match hoping to take all three points. It would have allowed them to close the gap on Chelsea given that the West Londoners could manage only a draw against Fulham.
However, Wolves were extremely brilliant throughout the match. Even though Arsenal dominated the early exchanges, Wolves came back with a vengeance later on. Arsenal opened the scoring through Gervinho earlier in the match, but Wolves equalised through Stephen Fletcher. Following the goal from Wolves, the impetus from Arsenal dropped significantly. It was much easier for Wolves to contain Arsenal after that, although they must give a lot of credit to their goalkeeper Hennessey. The major controversial point of the match came near the end when Wolves had Nenad Milijas sent off controversially for a tackle on an Arsenal player.
Even though only two footed challenges have resulted in a red card, Nenad Milijas was sent off for a hard one footed tackle, which prompted response from Wolves. They decided to appeal for the card, but it has now been rejected. As a result, Nenad Milijas will be out for three matches due to a suspension. "We are hugely disappointed with (Thursday's) ruling. From the video evidence of that challenge alone, we strongly believed we had very good grounds for appeal and this was an opinion that seemed to be shared by a lot of people who have viewed the incident," Wolves said in a statement.