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Berylson in constant contact with Lions CEO – as former Arsenal midfielder backs Millwall stance

MILLWALL chief executive Steve Kavanagh revealed chairman John Berylson is fully supportive of the club's demands for a meeting with the FA and EFL over the decision to reject Jed Wallace’s red card appeal.

Millwall issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the FA to review their appeals process.

Despite figures within the FA and referees body PGMOL, as well as the match assessor on the day, admitting Wallace’s tackle on Burton’s Tom Flanagan did not merit a straight red card, a disciplinary panel upheld referee Tony Harrington’s decision and the Lions winger will now serve a three-match ban.

Harrington also admitted the fourth official at The Den last Saturday advised that the tackle warranted only a yellow card.

The club also pointed to a red card for Aston Villa's Henri Lansbury for a foul on Middlesbrough’s Marvin Johnson that Villa were successful in appealing.

Kavanagh was on talkSPORT on Thursday afternoon to reiterate the club’s stance, and he was also asked if he thought the Lions were being more harshly treated because of their perceived reputation.

“Is it because we are Millwall? I don’t think we’re being victimised, the FA don’t run referees on match-days," Kavanagh said.

“Do we feel we’ve been at the rough end of some decisions this season? Yes, we do. We’ve spoken to PGMOL and they are looking at that for us.

“Sometimes subconscious emotion drives decisions and maybe we’re getting harder decisions than we should.

“It’s important we get the support of other clubs. There is often a fear of saying something because you think it could make things harder down the road. But enough is enough and you have to say that sometimes.

“We have to see if there is a way of doing this to drive greater consistency. We want fair and honest competition

“John called me about 25 times yesterday – five times to apologise for calling so much! He’s a fantastic chairman and has been very supportive.

“We’re now asking the FA to look at their processes to find a better solution.”

Speaking on the Jim White show on the station, former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour backed Millwall's stance.

“You look at an incident itself and can’t go by what club it is,” Parlour said. “I’ve seen both incidents and Lansbury’s is a lot worse. It got rescinded so I can see where Millwall are coming from.

“If you’re going to rescind one for what he’s done, if you look at both they’ve got to rescind the Millwall one. It’s about consistency.

“Lansbury knew exactly what he was doing. I don’t even know if it should have been rescinded but if you rescind his you’ve got to rescind other

“For me it’s a yellow card, simple.”

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John Kelly

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