From today’s Toronto Sun:
Toronto FC will not ask Major League Soccer to review Danny Dichio’s expulsion from Saturday’s match with Chicago Fire, coach Mo Johnston said yesterday.
This, in spite of the fact that Johnston feels the one game penalty — after seeing several replays of Dichio’s punch-up with Chicago goalkeeper Matt Pickens and subsequent red card — was too harsh.
“No one ever wins an appeal on a red card,” Johnston said. “We just have to accept the fact that we’ll be without Danny on Wednesday (versus Houston Dynamo).”
You know why no one ever wins an appeal on a red card, Mo? Because you can’t appeal a red card. It’s a FIFA directive. Unless the referee gave the card to the wrong player, there is no recourse. The player leaves the game. The player sits out the next game. It is impossible – IMPOSSIBLE – for the one-game suspension that accompanies a red card to be appealed or circumvented.
UPDATE (5/15): Apparently there will be no further discipline for Count Dichula, as despite the photo above and the video replay that appears to show him biting Matt Pickens, Dichio will serve only the mandatory one-game suspension for being sent off. An MLS source told me that, visual evidence notwithstanding, no one on the Fire mentioned being bitten or witnessing a bite. But Luis Arroyove’s Chicago Tribune blog says Diego Gutierrez WAS bitten by Dichio. Someone’s not telling the truth.