Paul Fairclough is accepting the referee’s decision to send of Neal Bishop but questions his ‘consistency’ in the match.
‘Neal Bishop has not got a bad bone in his body, I can probably tell you one or two players who would go and do something intentional like that. He’s a man, he’s not a coward,’ Fairclough told BBC London Radio as Bishop was shown a straight red in the dying minutes at Carrow Road following a collision with one of the Norwich players.
‘The rule is quick clear: if you intentionally raise your hands to someone’s face, you’ve got to expect at the very least a yellow card.’
‘But I’m confused: I’ve got Sagi Burton who needs stiches underneath his eye and ontop of his eye which was with an arm, I’ve got Ian Hendon with a cut under his eye which was with an arm…my player sent off. Those players were not booked for those offences,’ he said.
All fans get annoyed when referee’s make incorrect decisions but when they fail to carry that through and punish the same offenced in the same way, a lack of respect is normally shown. Referee Darren Dreadman didn’t show any cards for similar challenges that left the victims in a worse state, and Brown should feel lucky to have got away without being sent off.