Jenas yellow stands

Last updated at 11:48 17 August 2005


Football Association chiefs were insisting the decision to downgrade Jermaine Jenas' red card at Arsenal on Sunday will stand despite the launch of a review of their disciplinary procedures.

The FA were looking at their general policy on referees' re-thinks and the appeals process after being contacted by FIFA in the wake of Steve Bennett's decision to reduce the Newcastle midfielder's punishment for a challenge on Gilberto to a caution.

They confirmed they were reviewing their procedures and will respond to the game's governing body in due course, but there will be no further consideration of the Jenas decision.

"We can confirm we have received communication from FIFA and we will be reviewing our position and responding to that," an FA spokesman told PA Sport today.

It is understood FIFA have pointed out their regulations allow for appeals against red cards only in the case of mistaken identity.

Newcastle indicated they would appeal against Bennett's decision, which came 32 minutes into their 2-0 defeat at Highbury, but the official got there first and asked the FA to downgrade the card from red to yellow on Monday morning.

Jenas would have missed three games had the original decision not been altered, although there is no chance his reprieve will be temporary despite the latest development.

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