Gulls may appeal against fine

Mustapha Carayol’s Gulls chief executive Colin Lee will discuss the possibility of an appeal with chairman Simon Baker on Wednesday [today] after seeing a flurry of yellow cards dished out by referee Jarnail Singh at Dean Court on Bank Holiday.

"Once we’ve watched the match DVD we will certainly consider putting a case together for an appeal," said Lee.

"In my opinion the game didn’t justify that amount of yellow cards, and it was no reflection on the game at all.

"I can’t remember a really bad tackle so we have to consider appealing against it as it certainly sends out a false message of how our team play — we don’t send our players out to step outside the laws."

As well as facing the fine triggered when any League Two side racks up six or more bookings in one game, United have also lost two key men to one-match suspensions for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion at Plainmoor.

Central defender Chris Robertson and midfielder Nicky Wroe both collected their fifth cautions of the season in a game that saw 12 players end up in Mr Singh’s book.

But they will welcome back Carayol who returned from a three months emergency loan from Blue Square Premier side Kettering Town after he was not allowed to feature in cup matches for the Poppies by Torquay.

Jake Thomson, Wayne Carlisle, Lee Mansell, Adam Smith and Michael Poke were United’s other bookings.

Under FA regulations, the Gulls are entitled to request a personal hearing should they want an opportunity to mitigate the punishment.

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