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Stratford Town appeal defender's red card so he can play in FA Cup game against Shrewsbury

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STRATFORD Town have asked the FA to allow defender Joe Magunda to play in the biggest game in their history - by overturning his recent red card.

Joe Magunda. (52863497)
Joe Magunda. (52863497)

The centre-back was sent off after challenging Hitchin goalkeeper Charlie Horlock in their Southern Premier Central away fixture on 23th October, but it was a decision which left even the hosts bemused.

A three-match ban would rule him out of Sunday’s televised FA Cup showdown at home to Shrewsbury Town but boss Paul Davis confirmed the club is appealing the decision. A decision will be delivered on Friday.

“We can appeal on the basis that it was deemed serious foul play,” said Davis. “There was nothing in it, there was no malice, no intent. Joe’s gone in for the ball with his foot off the ground, and though he caught the keeper he got up without needing to get the physio on.

“Joe’s 32 and he’s never played at this stage of the competition and at his age he might never again. The board and secretary have put forward a case so he can play on Sunday.”

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