Leeds United will not appeal the red card Sam Byram received against Watford due to a lack of video evidence

Picture: Dave Peters

Picture: Dave Peters

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Leeds United will not appeal the red card Sam Byram received against Watford due to a lack of video evidence and the defender vehemently denies head-butting Daniel Pudil.

The 20-year-old was dismissed in the 92nd minute on Saturday as the Hornets completed a 4-1 victory.

Byram and Pudil appeared to clash following a tackle from the Czech Republic international but how much contact was made remains inconclusive.

Leeds state they will not appeal the dismissal as they do not have sufficient evidence to prove it was the wrong decision and, if an appeal is lodged and then lost, the FA have the power to increase the suspension.

Speaking to the Leeds website, Byram said: “I am very upset, disappointed and frustrated that we cannot pursue an appeal but I understand the reasons why and I want to do what is best for the club.

“I would like to be very clear on something though, contrary to media reports over the weekend I absolutely did not head-butt the Watford player and I believe, like the club do it was a very harsh sending off decision.

"I have never been sent off in my career, never ever been involved in any violent conduct and I am hugely disappointed that this will now be on my disciplinary record but we have to move on from it."

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4:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

akureyri says...

I didn't head-butt the cheating Watford scum, I elbowed him; and if you don't believe me I'll give you a Loiner kiss. It's a put up job, they switched the camera off so I couldn't defend myself.
I didn't head-butt the cheating Watford scum, I elbowed him; and if you don't believe me I'll give you a Loiner kiss. It's a put up job, they switched the camera off so I couldn't defend myself. akureyri
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5:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

D.unstable says...

Of course he is guilty, even in the above photo he is saying to the ref 'you want some too?'
Of course he is guilty, even in the above photo he is saying to the ref 'you want some too?' D.unstable
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5:12pm Tue 26 Aug 14

The_Hornet says...

You can see on the highlights, just as the camera swings to the right, that the Leeds guy leans his head into Pudil. Idk what happened after that but. To be fair, justice is done as far as I'm aware.
You can see on the highlights, just as the camera swings to the right, that the Leeds guy leans his head into Pudil. Idk what happened after that but. To be fair, justice is done as far as I'm aware. The_Hornet
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5:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

BlakeyJ says...

What goes around comes around... No evidence for ekstrand and none for this... Just our 'unclear' sending off happened 3rd minute, dirty Leeds' 93rd minute!
Ah well. Not really news this.
COYH
What goes around comes around... No evidence for ekstrand and none for this... Just our 'unclear' sending off happened 3rd minute, dirty Leeds' 93rd minute! Ah well. Not really news this. COYH BlakeyJ
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