Bolton Wanderers’ intention to appeal Ricardo Santos’ red card and Kieran Lee’s injury appreciated

Bolton Wanderers will appeal Ricardo Almeida Santos’s red card in the draw against Morecambe if the Whites feel there has been a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake.

Wanderers came from behind over the weekend to claim a point against the Shrimps in a 1-1 draw at Mazuma Stadium.

Cole Stockton put the hosts ahead from open play after his penalty was saved by James Trafford when Bolton captain Santos received a straight red card for a handball in the box.

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But Wanderers recovered and during an extra 10 minutes of play, substitute Amadou Bakayoko scored to give Bolton a share of the spoils.

Speaking after the game, Evatt said his captain left with a ball mark on his chest and shoulder and believes it was a decision the officials didn’t take well.

Evatt confirmed that Wanderers will appeal the decision if they believe it could be overturned, while also explaining why midfielder Kieran Lee was withdrawn at half-time.

He said: “I have to see the footage and if it’s clear and obvious, what we think it is, then of course we’ll do it.

“He (Lee) had a little pain in his heel, but today the game was not suitable for Kieran (Lee) or Kieran Sadlier, our technical players.

“It was just a day to roll up our sleeves and do the best we can.”

The League One clash at Mazuma Stadium was marred after referee Ross Joyce suspended it for 10 minutes following an alleged racist comment directed towards the Bolton bench by the crowd and the players were removed from the pitch when full time was approaching.

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Lancashire Police have launched an investigation into the alleged racist abuse, while the Wandererers have condemned the off-pitch problems experienced at Mazuma Stadium, with the Shrimps vowing to work with the relevant authorities to help investigate the matters.

It has led to the arrest of a 61-year-old man from Morecambe on racially aggravated public order suspicion and he has been in custody since Sunday 6 February.

Evatt praised Morecambe club staff and players for their conduct on the unsavory subject, but believes the game must come together to stamp out racist abuse, expressing satisfaction at the way his team reacted to the episode “emotionally disturbing”.

He said: “I have to say their staff and players were first class and when this happens we all come together as one. The game should come together to eradicate this and that is what happened today.

“For me, the racist comment was the worst of all comments, but there were 89 minutes of total abuse from minute one and it is as if insulting us is accepted, as if it is accepted to attack us personally.

“It’s not acceptable, it’s not, and if you’re in front of someone or if you’re on social media, it’s not acceptable. We’re human beings just like everyone else.”

“We have feelings, we have emotions and we don’t deserve it. I certainly don’t and neither do my players. We’re a human race, we’re together and I just don’t get it.”

“There is competition, of course there is, there is club against club, of course there is, but you have to do it the right way. Today it was not done the right way and it is an emotional upset and has caused us some anguish”. , but for now I am very happy with my players and the way they reacted”.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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