Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland slams Semedo dismissal

Team-mate Jermaine Johnson consoles Jose Semedo after he is sent off at Bolton
Team-mate Jermaine Johnson consoles Jose Semedo after he is sent off at Bolton
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Chris Kirkland has followed Dave Jones in defending Jose Semedo as the Owls await the result of an appeal against the midfielder’s sending-off in the 1-1 draw at Bolton.

The Wednesday keeper has also said that the player who was tackled by Semedo did not deem it a red-card challenge.

“Semi was harshly sent off. Hopefully if the ref sees it again he’ll try and get it overturned,” Kirkland told The Star. “Semi is gutted. He’s an honest lad. He’s not got a dirty bone in his body. He was magnificent. We all love him and he does a great job in there.

“You can’t argue as soon you see it on the video, it’s a tackle. Obviously because it’s wet he’s just slid in. The lad on the floor, (Jay) Spearing, has got up and said there’s no way that’s a sending-off. He just said it’s a tackle. If their lad is saying that, hopefully they’ll take that on board.”

Semedo, dismissed for serious foul play in the 84th minute, faces a three-match ban if the appeal fails.

Kirkland, like Jones, also took issue with the earlier disallowing of a Jermaine Johnson goal: “It was a perfectly good goal. That’s what happens when you’re battling for that win. You just have to keep battling.”

But the Owls were encouraged by what Jones and Kirkland called the team’s best performance of the season.

Kirkland was one of several players who threw their shirts to the Owls fans after the final whistle. “The fans were great again,” he said, revealing that the gesture was spontaneous, not pre-planned, “We threw our shirts to them to say thank you for sticking with us.”

Jones did not think that Semedo’s tackle was even a foul and said the player deserved an appeal.