NO APPEAL FOR SHIRTY
(Monday 12th March 2001)
Steve Brown says he will won't be making a fuss over the red card he received following his celebrations after Wycombe's dramatic late winner against Leicester. Brown received his marching orders for removing his shirt and was promptly shown his second yellow card of the game from match referee Steve Bennett. He'll serve a two match ban for this offence because he's already been sent off once this season. There is no right for appeal on yellow cards.
Brown starts another two match ban for already picking up ten yellow cards and in total will miss the games with Oldham (17 Mar), Rotherham (20 Mar), Walsall (24 Mar) and Millwall (27 Mar). Contrary to reports elsewhere, Saturday's first yellow card was Brown's 12th yellow of the season adding to recent bookings versus Port Vale and Reading. It was also his fifth consecutive game that he's gone into the official's book. The bonus for Brown is that, baring any major postponements, he'll be available for the semi-final.
Brown, whose 15 month old son Maxwell was Wycombe's Mascot, was devastated by the sending off but told SkySports "I'll just take it on the chin and get on with it. I'll serve my ban and I'll be back trying to get myself back into the team for the FA Cup Semi-Final."
15 month old Maxwell was watching his first Wycombe game after undergoing 20 life saving operations and Brown has been promised by Wycombe Chairman Ivor Beeks that Maxwell can lead the teams out against Liverpool in the Semi-Final. Brown was wearing a white vest under his shirt bearing the name of his kid but by the time of the now legendary celebration, the inscription had been washed away by the rain and sweat.
According to Brown the celebration was not planned "It wasn't something I did consciously but obviously the referee has got his instructions" But the player who is now in his eight season with Wycombe doesn't want the incident to overshadow the achievement of the team reaching the Semi-Final. "I don't want it to take the shine off what the lads have done by winning at Leicester - that was just a small thing in a massive game for Wycombe Wanderers"
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