Aston Villa make emphatic striker decision ahead of Birmingham showdown - report
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa have chosen to appeal against the red card issued to striker Jonathan Kodjia in the defeat to Fulham, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the Midlands club are willing to appeal the decision made by referee David Coote to dismiss the 27-year-old during the 3-1 defeat on Monday.
Kodjia was given his marching orders for his involvement in an incident with Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks, where the Ivorian international appeared to kick out at the defender.
However, Fredericks also appeared guilty of misconduct, but with the officials failing to spot his role in the incident, the referee elected only to punish the Aston Villa man.
The decision to appeal the red card could be an emphatic one for Aston Villa, as it could enable Kodjia to feature in the club’s last three Championship games of the season.
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Kodjia was expected to miss the upcoming games with Birmingham, Blackburn and Brighton as he served his suspension, but if the appeal is successful, he could play a key role for the club.
He has been the undisputed leading figure in front of goal for the club this season, netting 19 goals from 39 appearances this term, and would be a big miss in the coming games.
Aston Villa chief Steve Bruce has already expressed his discontent at Coote’s decision, insisting that only a yellow card was necessary, and that if Kodjia deserved a red, so did Fredericks.
The club, who sit 12th in the Championship, will discover whether or not their appeal has been successful when a decision is made on Thursday, meaning he could be available to face rivals Birmingham on Sunday.
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