RED CARD STANDS
Asamoah red card stands
WEST Midlands referee Andy Penn today refused to back down on his controversial decision to send off Stags striker Derek Asamoah at Northampton on Saturday.
That means Asamoah will definitely miss tomorrow's (Mondy, 3pm) visit of League Two leaders Scunthorpe United to Field Mill.
Asamoah was sent off three minutes from the break for a second yellow card ofence - both times Mr Penn deciding Asamoah had taken a dive when challenged.
But Stags caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer was furious with both decisions and even more angry when Mr Penn refused to have a look at the video at the end of the game.
"Eventually I had to send Paul Holland down to the referee's house with it this morning after he finally agreed to take a look," said Palmer.
"I knew he wouldn't change his mind over the first one as it was a stone cold penalty.
"But their lad has obviously caught him on the second one and even admitted it afterwards. So I just can't believe he is sticking with his decision.
"I told him that if I get in trouble for what I have said about it then I will take the video to any hearing and he will end up being embarrassed. But he wouldn't budge.
"I now hope Colin Larkin comes in, gets us a couple of goals and we beat Scunthorpe tomorrow, which we are more than capable of anyway."
Scunthorpe arrive at Field Mill smarting after their first defeat in 12 games - a 1-0 home setback against Darlington which has allowed Yeovil to join them on 49 points at the top of the table.
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