Stranraer get David Dangana red card against Airdrie rescinded

David Dangana has had his red card overturned on appeal
David Dangana has had his red card overturned on appeal

Stranraer have won an appeal against the controversial red card shown to David Dangana during last week’s 2-2 draw at Airdrie.

The on-loan Aberdeen youngster was sent off after catching Airdrie defender Paul McKay while attempting a spectacular scissors kick.

Despite the fact that it seemed a complete accident - and that there was no complaint from any of the Airdrie players - referee Peter Stuart deemed it worthy of a straight red card.

However an appeal by the club against the decision has now been upheld, meaning Dangana will now be free of suspension and available for Saturday’s match at East Fife.

Dangana’s dismissal came 15 minutes from time with Stranraer, having been two up,leading 2-1.

The home side then managed to salvage a point with a stoppage time equaliser, ironically scored by McKay.

But Blues boss Stevie Farrell was in no doubt after the match that the red card decision had cost his side the chance of their first win in five games.

He said: “I just can’t believe what’s going against us, it’s not even close. The decisions which have been going against us in recent weeks are just horrendous.

“And I’ve got to say that last time we had people sent off the opposing team deserved to win. But if that player doesn’t get sent off today we win that game.

“I just think it’s a terrible decision, not for me but for my players.

“We’re trying to pick this kid up in the dressing room because he feels he’s let his team-mates down, but he’s not done anything.”

“I’ve seen Wayne Rooney score from one, I’ve seen Ronaldo score from one.

“He catches the man but he’s not even knowing where the player is. He has no idea, the kid’s just trying to make an attempt to play the ball.

“I turned away because I just thought he gave a foul and I could not believe it when my coaching team said ‘he’s sent him off’.”

“But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. It’s a good point in terms of everything that went against us.

“You saw a team there that’s fighting for each other and fighting for the club and if we keep playing like that then we’ll be OK.”