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The Goodison Park club lodge an appeal against the dismissal of the England Under-21 midfielder for a sliding tackle deemed dangerous, which proved pivotal in their defeat

Everton have appealed Jack Rodwell’s sending off during Saturday’s Merseyside derby at home to Liverpool.

The Toffees started the match well, but Rodwell’s red card midway through the first half left them with 10 men for most of the match, which Liverpool went on to win following second-half goals from Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

The midfielder was dismissed after a sliding challenge on Suarez in which he touched the ball first, and appeared to catch the Uruguay international on the follow-through rather than with a studs high tackle. However, referee Martin Atkinson gave a straight red card for serious foul play.

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone told the club’s official website: “Following a review of the video evidence we believe the decision to be wrong and we will be contacting the FA requesting that the red card is rescinded.”

Everton will now submit written documentation to Football Association officials at Wembley Stadium to lodge an appeal.

If the ban is upheld, the England Under-21 international will serve a three-match ban and miss out on the forthcoming league and cup matches with Chelsea and the Premier League clash with Fulham.

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