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FA confirm wrongful dismissals regarding Exeter’s Will Aimson and QPR’s Asmir Begovic

The FA confirm wrongful dismissals regarding Exeter’s Will Aimson and QPR’s Asmir Begovic after being sent off in midweek.

Will Aimson will now be available to take on Barnsley on Saturday after his three-match ban for a red card was overturned.

The 29 year old received marching orders and suspended for a tackle Charlton Athletic’s Alfie May in the second half of their midweek League One game.

Exeter were 2-1 down when their captain got sent off, and went on to lose 4-1 at The Valley on Tuesday night.

The club successfully appealed against the ban after supplying evidence, with help of the video going viral after the match, with Grecians boss Gary Caldwell saying it was “clear” that Aimson had won the ball in the challenge.

Caldwell said Exeter would appeal Aimson’s dismissal, saying: “If you get the ball, how is it a red card? It’s clear he wins the ball. Alfie May does what clever players do – he buys the foul and rolls around to buy the red card.

“That’s football – I’m not having a go at him – but the ref has been conned.”


City Captain Will Aimson has had his red card from Tuesday night overturned after a successful appeal to the Football Association.

Aimson was sent off by referee David Rock in the 66th minute of City’s 4-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night and subsequently faced a three-match ban.

However, the club submitted the necessary evidence to the Football Association, who have now overturned such punishment, meaning Will is now available to return ahead of City’s match with Barnsley on Saturday.

An FA statement said: “Exeter City’s William Aimson will be available for their next three matches following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.

The defender was sent off for serious foul play during their EFL League One game against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday, 3 October.”

Meanwhile, Gareth Ainsworth claimed Patrick Bamford admitted to there being no contact after diving to get Asmir Begovic sent off as Leeds beat QPR.

Begovic receiving marching orders with the referee thinking the keeper had brought down Bamford as he went through on the edge of the box. However, replays showed Begovic didn’t make contact with the striker.

After the game, QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth said he had verification from both players that there was no contact and added he hoped the red card would be overturned.


QPR have successfully appealed the red card received by goalkeeper Asmir Begović at Leeds United on Wednesday night.

The Bosnian shot-stopper was alleged to have denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

However, Begovic is now available for Saturday’s visit of Blackburn Rovers after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld by an independent regulatory commission.

Regulation and Discipline update: Asmir Begovic will be available for Queens Park Rangers’ next game as a claim of wrongful dismissal has been upheld by an independent Regulatory Commission.

The goalkeeper was sent off against Leeds United on Wednesday, 4 October 2023, for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Replays show there was no contact on the Leeds forward, and Ainsworth said: “For the life of me, I can’t see why Asmir has been sent off.

“He hasn’t touched him. I don’t want to go on about referees but we are not getting the rub of the green.

“Asmir is devastated. He said he did not touch him, we have watched the video replay and he didn’t touch him.

“Patrick Bamford said to me afterwards that Asmir didn’t touch him but he had to jump out of the way because he thought he was going to connect with him.”

Ainsworth was hopeful his keeper’s red card could be over-turned.

“I would kick myself if I didn’t look at appealing it,” he said. “He hasn’t touched him and, as far as I remember, if you don’t make contact then there isn’t any possibility of a foul.

“We have had it rough with decisions but it will change.

“We need to get these boys recovered but we will put a strong team out against Blackburn.”

Twitter users reacted as FA confirm wrongful dismissals regarding Exeter’s Will Aimson and QPR’s Asmir Begovic…


@guirivaud: That joke of a referee changed the whole course of the game by sending off William and that did cost us the game in the end . That dodgy ref should be banned for the next few games . Why is he getting away with it and never get punished ?

@AFCCHARLTON2: Correct decision

@tomcafc: It looked a red at the time but with the benefit of replays and slow motion it’s clear it should be rescinded.

@ecfc_hub: Only problem is this decision changed the game. I propose a team who have a successful appeal also gain 1 league point as compensation

@aviewfromthbank: Brilliant news and common sense prevails. Was never a red card. Aimson now available for the next 3 games, doesn’t help the result on Tuesday though. #ECFC

@NickDR90: Mental he got sent off in the first place. The ref needs re-educating


@Davewyld: Right decision now Bamford should get a ban for simulation

@gammell_t: Only outcome possible

@Tracy_A_73: 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I knew it! Refs are a liability! 😤 See you tomorrow @asmir1 💙🤍

@Mrs_Ock: Turns out Nick London was right. #divingcheat #qpr

@StokieTom_SCFC: Bamford should get a 3 match ban, about time players suffered for cheating or they will carry on

@tommy_lufc: Good to see sanity prevail. Hopefully Bamford will be recognised for his incredible sporting integrity – first telling the referee that there was no contact & then selflessly rolling the resulting free-kick into the wall. I assume another FIFA Fair Play Award incoming. #lufc

@harrybowden0712: So bamford gets away with it fair enough

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