Athletic Club Submit Formal Appeal To Have Oscar De Marcos’s Second Yellow Card Rescinded
With just minutes to go in Sunday’s match between Athletic and Barcelona the Catalans had a counter attack down the left side of the field that was stopped by Oscar De Marcos. Well, it was actually his shoulder that did the stopping. Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande quickly blew the whistle and showed the 29-year-old his second yellow card of the match and the San Mamés roared with anger at the call.
Replays showed that the ball actually struck the area between De Marcos’s shoulder and arm pit while his head was turned away from the play the entire time. He didn’t even know where the ball was until it was bouncing off of him. The referee’s decision saw the right-back sent off and very quickly after the match Athletic reached out to the La Liga Competition Committee to review the play.
A decision was made on Wednesday with the Competition Committee announcing that after watching the play “on numerous occasions” and from “various angles” that it can not be absolutely certain if the ball hit De Marcos’s back, shoulder, or his arm. Because of this “insufficient evidence” the Committee has ruled that they cannot overturn the original call made by Del Cerro Grande.
In response, Athletic have announced that they are submitting an official appeal to the Appeals Committee to have the second yellow card rescinded. While the first review from the Competitions Committee did not yield the desired result, Athletic are hopeful that the Appeals Committee will rule in their favor. This is the natural next step in this situation.
Seeing as how the Competition Committee didn’t have sufficient evidence when they reviewed the play there isn’t a good chance that the Appeals Committee will give a different ruling, but it’s certainly a possibility. If the booking is upheld De Marcos will be suspended for two games – one for the first yellow, his fifth of the season, and the second for the sending off. Either way, he will not be available for Monday night’s game against Huesca which means that Ander Capa will be back in the starting lineup.