Swansea City have decided against appealing the red card shown to Jordan Ayew during their 0-0 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Ghanaian was given his marching orders after just 11 minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium – the fastest red card shown in the Premier League this season.
Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal was quick to question the fairness of the decision from referee Michael Oliver, amid suggestions that Jonathan Hogg’s challenge for the ball in the same incident was just as dangerous, and subsequently just as worthy of a red card.
City also had complaints over Oliver’s decision to only hand Town full-back Florent Hadergjonaj a yellow card for a robust tackle on on Ki Sung-Yueng deep into the second half, with replays suggesting that the Swiss international’s challenge was not too dissimilar to that of Jordan Ayew.
And it was the dismissal of the Ghanaian that clearly left the strongest impression on Carvalhal, who had hinted at the possibility that the club would look to launch an appeal into the incident.
He told his post-match press conference: “I must respect the decision. We will analyse with some experts to help us if we have reasons or not to appeal, but let’s see, I don’t know.”
However, having had time to examine the footage, the club have now deemed that the risk of the FA extending his ban were too high.
A club statement said: “Swansea City have reluctantly decided against appealing the red card shown to Jordan Ayew at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
“The Swans were conscious that if an appeal is deemed frivolous by the Football Association, suspensions can be extended.”
Ayew, who has been a key player for the Swans in recent weeks, will now miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham, as well as the trips to Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion.