Wednesday 22 November 2017

Warnock slams appeal process

QPR manager Neil Warnock holds little faith an appeal would overturn Joey Barton's red card in the 2-1 home defeat to Norwich.

The Rangers skipper had fired his team into an 11th-minute lead at Loftus Road yesterday, only to then lose his cool following a tussle with Bradley Johnson, when he appeared to headbutt the Norwich midfielder.

After consultation with the assistant, Barton was shown a red card.

The QPR captain used Twitter to hit out at the "ridiculous decision", claiming the officials had been "conned" by Johnson, as Norwich went on to take all three points after goals from Anthony Pilkington and substitute Steve Morison.

Warnock admitted he was in two minds about whether to take the case up with the Football Association's disciplinary panel, with Barton set for an automatic three-match ban.

"I have not got any confidence in the appeals procedure," the QPR boss said. "When (Wolves manager) Mick McCarthy appeals and does not get that lad (Nenad Milijas) off, you have to worry about anything appealing.

"We will have to look and see what the referee says (in his report)."

Warnock added: "Joey could have avoided the situation, but it doesn't warrant the reaction from Johnson.

"He has not been headbutted."

The defeat was an eighth in the last 11 for Rangers, who are hovering just outside the relegation zone.

Warnock named on-loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda among his substitutes and is expected to do more business this month.

Norwich were good value for their win, which culminated in Morison's 83rd-minute winner.

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