Defensive worries as Sodje appeal fails

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 18/09/2003
Huddersfield Town have been struck a major blow for their next three games as Efe Sodje's appeal against his controversial sending-off at Bury was turned down by the Football Association. Sodje will now miss Saturday's clash with Swansea, the Carling Cup encounter with Sunderland on Tuesday night and the Division Three match against Leyton Orient a week on Saturday.Defensive worries as Sodje appeal fails

The Terriers initially decided to make an appeal after watching the Bury match video and things looked to be going right when the FA Video Panel believed that referee Marriner's decision to send off Sodje was the wrong one. However, the FA Commission upheld the decision.

Peter Jackson was, of course, not too happy with the final decision. He said: "I am naturally very disappointed. We will lose him for three big games which is a big blow because he is a key player for us," explained the Town manager. "He (Sodje) is upset because he really enjoys playing with the team and believes that he did nothing wrong. We thought it might get through or at least have the punishment reduced from three games but they have upheld the ref's decision."

Town will now replace Sodje with either Yates or the inexperienced Mirfin.

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