Sheffield Wednesday: FA may ban Owls ace despite red card escape

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OWLS player Jeremy Helan could still be suspended though he escaped being sent off for two yellow cards on Saturday, writes Paul Thompson.

The FA on Wednesday will consider the Huddersfield controversy where referee Mick Russell showed two cards to Helan but wrongly recorded the first one as being for Michail Antonio, so did not sent Helan off.

Possibly the FA will rule that the first booking concerned mistaken identity, in which case the rules would allow them to transfer it to Helan and order a one-match ban, which he would have received had he been sent off. But in the meantime he is free to play against Burnley tomorrow.

The referee has admitted his mistake and faces a possible sanction from Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, who provide refs for league games.

It has been suggested by a former referee, Tony Leake, that the match could be replayed, but it is thought that the Football League will regard a replay as being out of the question.

Owls captain Anthony Gardner shared Dave Jones’s view that instead of a yellow card being shown for an alleged dive the Owls should have had a penalty, for the challenge on Helan by defender Jack Hunt.

“I couldn’t understand what was going on; it looked a blatant penalty,” said Gardner.

“Even their forwards were saying ‘what’s happened there?”

Gardner admitted that he thought “possibly” Helan was going to be sent off after his card for a tackle on winger Adam Hammill: “Luckily for us he stayed on.”

The skipper is “very happy” with the Owls’ improved run: “Now is probably the time when we needed to start kicking on, putting in performances and more importantly getting results. We have to keep that going.

“Clean sheets give the team a platform to build on. We also had a good few chances against Huddersfield and feel a bit unlucky not to have won all three points.”