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Milijaš left frustrated with ban

Nenad Milijaš has been left on the sidelines following his three game suspension for his sending off against Arsenal.

The Serbian midfielder received a straight red card after 75 minutes for what appeared to be a fair challenge on Arsenal's Mikel Arteta.

But while Wolves did appeal referee Stuart Attwell's decision, the Football Association upheld the decision and Milijaš was forced to miss out on the games against Bolton and Chelsea and will also miss the FA Cup match this weekend against Birmingham through suspension.

It came at a terrible time for Milijaš, who had just broken back into the side and was threatening to keep hold of his place in the team, something that he hasn't really done on a consistent basis since he came to Molineux (well at least to the level that we initially hoped when we signed him).

'It's the worst time for me because I was back in the team and had played three games and now I am out again because I am banned,' said Milijaš to the Wolves Official Website.

He added: 'Of course I am disappointed and frustrated, It's not my game to make strong tackles or go in on people.

'I went into the challenge to take the ball and I got the ball first.

'The referee made his decision and that's the end of it.

While the 28-year-old has to accept the decision and move on, it is rather ironic that Wolves were then punished against Chelsea when a lenient referee kept Frank Lampard on the pitch when he could and probably should have been sent off.

The England international of course went on to score the winning goal. Leaving everyone at Molineux asking, where is the consistency?

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 4 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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When one considers the injustice of the sending off and the politically-motivated failure to rescind it, Milijas's response seems mild. The decision becomes incredible when set alongside the treatment of Song at the time and the mere yellow card that Lampard received for his flying tackle on Hammill. If Lampard only received a yellow because he is a good guy (and an English international) and not a persistent fouler, surely Milijas deserved the same consideration? But, is it because Lampard plays for a top team? The dignity with which Milijas has borne his punishment is even more remarkable, given his circumstances. He had just regained his place in the team, was playing well and was improving his match-fitness. He could look forward to further improvement and a lengthy stay in the side. Now he has to start all over again. The club should not let the matter rest.
Southbank60
Apparently his reaction is consistent with the character of the man.As you point out,SB, if it was a 'nice guy' persona that saved FL from a 3 match ban, then surely the same would apply to Ned.But we know that wasn't it. For all the ref who sent Milijas off knows of him, he could be a troublemaker.They all know Frank. They couldn't care less about that foreign bloke that plays for the Wolves. Far too many of the refs act like starstruck groupies around the golden testicled ones.They tend to be on first name terms with the top teams, I doubt they even know,nor care,what Milijas's first name is.
all4divisions
.....politically-motivated, England international, foreign bloke....you are with me after all, lads. That's what it's all about. And it won't change, make no mistake about it. The one hope is that WW may IN TIME become beneficiaries of the same privileged treatment.
lovesW
The problem we have at the moment is the inconsistancy of referees. The Milijas sending off was a very bad decission to say the least. The fact is Refs do look at bigger teams differently Song should have gone for two obvious kick outs, Lampard should have gone as refs are supposed to be getting tough with players, but won't because of the fact that if you send off a player from the big five it will be annalized to death and the ref will be in the doc! They are trying to save themselves trouble. But well done Nenad for your reaction!!
supersparkes
Sparkes!-where the **** have you bin?Have just seen the pen that Howard "Man Utd" Webb turned down last night. Another one for the conspiracy file.He insists on giving Utd pens every time he refs at OT and it looked to me that Newcastle were hard done by.
all4divisions
A4D Have been away for a while working I'm afraid but I'm back! nice to know that I was missed, I have noticed that the forums have been very quiet in my absence! LOL. I haven't seen the shout, but IMO if you give a penatly or send off someone against the big teams then the ref is given such a hard time by that club and the press it's not worth the bother!!!!!
supersparkes
 

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