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1st September 2003 21:43

mansfieldtown.net reports that Mansfield Town will be lodging an appeal against the red card issued to Iyseden Christie during Saturday's defeat at Swansea. Christie, who picked up a straight red after just 7 minutes, denies categorically using foul and abusive language which is what was said at the time of his dismissal. His story, which is confirmed by the fourth official, is that whilst waiting for the ball to be played into the Swans third, defender Enzomo Iriekpen ran around the back of Christie and grabbed out at his face putting two fingers into his mouth. Christie, attempting to shake him free, was as bemused as everybody else when referee Lee Probert produced the Red Card.

Teamtalk.com reports that the FA is awaiting the referee's match report before deciding whether to launch an investigation into Mansfield's ugly clash at Swansea. An FA spokesman said: "With the match having been played on Saturday, we expect the referee's report on Tuesday and will take it from there."

mansfieldtown.net reports Keith Curle announced today that he has spoken to Dave Artell and explained to him that his future at Field Mill depends solely on finances.
"Dave knows the situation here and understands that any decision we make is based on the financial situation of the club. I asked him what is the least amount that will keep him at the club. Dave is an honest bloke who has come back to me with some honest figures so now we will have to sit down and work a deal out." said Curle. Artell's and Luke Dimech's short term contracts come to an end on the seventh of this month.

mansfieldtown.net reports that Keith Curle announced that Mansfield Town will be lodging a formal complaint to the Football League for creating an intimidating and hostile atmosphere at the Vetch Field on Saturday. "Swansea are guilty of creating an intimidating atmosphere by this match form the outset" he told the official website today. "They deliberately cut our ticket allocation down to 280 which is in breach of the 10% rule set out by the FA. This left a big void behind the goal which could have been occupied by our supporters, this coupled with some of the decisions made by the officials and the Swansea fans and players created a hostile situation which culminated in the brawl on the pitch where it was only Mansfield players who got penalised despite Swansea players been involved as well" he added. " The chairman is aware of the situation and the fans complaints about this matter and will be looking at lodging a formal complaint to the football League".
Regarding the sending of and booking of players "We will be issuing disciplinary action to our players involved but special dispensation will be made due to the situation and nothing will be decided until I have spoken to the players who are taking a couple of days off. Their trip to Swansea was ruined by some poor officiating" he said.

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