LAMBTON Jaffas coach Dave Tanchevski believes the push that earned midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse at least a week’s suspension occurs in every game and has urged Northern NSW Football to overhaul the judiciary process to allow clubs the right of appeal.
Wheelhouse was issued a straight red card after he shoved Lake Macquarie’s Simon Mooney in the 1-1 draw at Macquarie Field on Saturday.
Tanchevski said Wheelhouse had acted in retaliation to a headbutt from Mooney, but in any case was adamant the incident did not warrant a send-off and had set a dangerous precedent.
“Every game you play there is an altercation between two players due to the competitive nature of the sport,” Tanchevski said.
“Ninety nine per cent of the time the referee pulls the two players apart, has a chat to them and gets on with the game. For some reason, the referee decided to give Jobe a red card. There was nothing like a punch thrown, it was a push, which you see every week.
“There was no danger that the game was going to erupt, it was a small push. It happens every week and you do not see yellow cards given.
“Now should we be looking at anyone who pushes someone to be red-carded?”
Under the current system there is no avenue for clubs to have red cards overturned, except for mistaken identity.
Wheelhouse, whose younger brother, Abe, was also sent off after receiving a second yellow card for dissent, will miss the Jaffas’ clash against Valentine-Phoenix and could face a longer sentence if his actions are deemed violent by disciplinary chairman Bill Moncrieff.
“When I was playing you would front the judiciary when you received a red card,” Tanchevski said.
“You had a representative from the club with you and could present a case. I think it is time we overhauled it. You should have the right to appeal against a red card, not just for mistaken identity.
“If the referee has made a decision and it is obvious to everyone bar the referee that it was the wrong call, there should be an avenue to appeal that.”
The A-League does allow red cards to be expunged in the case of an obvious error.
With Northern NSW State League moving in line with the National Premier League next season, Tanchevski believed Northern should move with the times. The Jaffas did not have footage of the incident because “there is no point videoing games if you can’t appeal red cards”, Tanchevski said.
Northern NSW chief executive David Eland said the current system was in alignment with Football Federation Australia, but clubs had an opportunity to push for change through the standing committee, which reviewed the rules and regulations at the end of each season.