REET`S SEASON OVER AFTER TAPE FARCE
Reet's season over after appeal farce
CHAD, 19 April 2006
STAGS striker Danny Reet is out for the season after the FA refused to grant Mansfield Town boss Peter Shirtliff any extension to their appeal deadline.
Reet was controversially dismissed at Barnet on Monday afternoon and Stags had until noon yesterday (Tuesday) to lodge an appeal.
But the match video Barnet provided Shirtliff with turned out to be a blank tape and when Shirtliff explained the situation to the FA, they had little sympathy.
"The FA wouldn't budge on the deadline which gave us three working hours after a Bank Holiday Monday to get things sorted and lodge an appeal which I think is an absolute joke," said Shirtliff.
"But the FA were very quick to get the suspension faxed over!
"Barnet have sent us another copy of the match video but it is going to arrive too late now and that is Danny out for the season."
SHIRTLIFF SEES RED OVER BAN
Evening Post, 20 April 2006
Mansfield boss Peter Shirtliff has blasted the Football League for failing to give him enough time to lodge an appeal against Danny Reet's red card at Barnet.
The teenager was sent off in the 71st minute of the clash at Underhill by referee Kevin Wright for a tackle on the Bees' Nicky Bailey.
But Shirtliff thinks Reet won the ball fairly and was hoping to protest against the decision after consulting a video of the match.
However, he was unable to meet the league's 12pm Tuesday deadline for registering his appeal - just three office hours after Monday's game.
It means Reet will now miss the rest of the season serving his three-match ban.
"It's very frustrating. I couldn't go ahead with it because I had not seen the video of the incident to review it," said Shirtliff.
"I asked for Barnet to send us a copy of the video, which they did, but it did not record properly and it was blank.
"I told them about the situation at the Football League - about what had happened to the tape - but they did not want to know and said rules are rules."
A spokesman for the Football League said clubs do not have to produce a tape in support of their case straight away. There is a later deadline for that.
Meanwhile, Gareth Jelleyman is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.
The good news is that Adam Birchall was training today following an ankle injury.
Tape trouble blanks Stags' Reet appeal
Mansfield boss Peter Shirtliff is livid after plans for an appeal against Danny Reet's sending off were scuppered by a blank video tape.
The Stags were beaten 1-0 at Barnet, where Giles Coke and Reet were both dismissed, but Shirtliff was considering challenging Reet's straight red card.
However, the video tape supplied by the Bees was blank and the deadline for an appeal has passed, meaning the striker is now forced to serve a three-game ban.
Shirtliff said: "We have to pay to launch an appeal and we didn't want to do that without having the facts of the case to hand.
"I decided I was going to sit down and watch the incident on video first, only to find the tape was blank. Anyone could understand my disappointment at that."
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