Wigan's Koumas makes ref plea

Jason Koumas is hoping referee Steve Tanner will admit to making a mistake and rescind the red card shown to the Wigan midfielder on Sunday.

Koumas was sent off after just four minutes of the crucial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Bolton at the JJB Stadium.

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The Welshman faces a three-match suspension after catching Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill in a challenge for a 50-50 ball.

At the request of Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who is to appeal, Tanner is to review the incident again, leaving Koumas to hope common sense prevails.

"It was the first tackle of the game," reflected a disappointed Koumas.

"They said I went in with two feet, but I obviously didn't. It was one foot. It was absolutely nothing. I don't know why I've got the red card.

"I've seen it a million times on the telly, and it's one-footed. There was nothing nasty in it at all, and it wasn't even high.

"I can't believe that decision, and everybody is saying the same thing, but he (Tanner) has obviously seen it differently.

"If he's saying I've gone in with two feet, I hope he looks at it and he sees it's one so he can over-turn it.

"I really hope I'm not looking at a three-game ban. I can't get three games for that, the first tackle of the match.

"If it was high then I'd hold my hands up, but I'm on the deck."

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