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RUFC - When Is A Yellow Not A Yellow

RUFC - When Is A Yellow Not A Yellow

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding Rotherham United's top scorer Kieffer Moore - nearly as much confusion as the goal he scored yesterday from a corner which seemed to be given and then not given for either pushing in the box, an infringement somewhere else or the ball not being inside the lines for the corner kick which led to the goal which was ruled out but then the Millers were told to 'take the corner again' (I know, referee's eh?!)

The confusion I am referring too though is regarding our top strikers yellow cards.

Moore was booked towards the end of the game yesterday for a push on (I believe) Raynes. Yes, it was a push and deserved a yellow card - though the Crewe player should have seen yellow as well for the push before the push …. well, I digress.

Travelling back we all realised that the yellow yesterday was Moore's fifth of the campaign so he would be out for the derby with Doncaster next Saturday - now, you're thinking it should be the Checkatrade Trophy game with Bradford on Tuesday, aren't you? Well, apparently the FA don't count that competition (no, don't get me started on that).

I mean, I think a lot of us were surprised to see Kieffer in the starting line-up anyway yesterday, expecting Mick McCarthy to have shaken his head and laughed when asked if Ipswich would let him play or, like me, even when he was given permission to play would have had him on the bench to give him a bit of a rest, so he didn't pick up an injury ahead of the league game next week or worse - which worse it might be.

So, OK, Kieffer played and got booked and to all intent and purposes looks like being out for our trip to the Keepmoat.

But then up pops Paul Davies of The Star who said 'whoa, hold on, Kieffer was only on three bookings before yesterday' or words to that effect.

Apparently Paul had spoken to the FA before last weekends game with Gillingham and the FA said that Moore was on three bookings not four. Now, Paul and the FA do know a lot more than me and so I will bow to their better judgement on this!

In my own mind I have him getting yellow cards at home to Southend, away at Peterborough, away at Bradford, away at Blackburn and yesterday at Crewe - making it five. Not that I want him to be on five you understand. And it beggars the question of if one of the five yellows wasn't Kieffer's then whose was it?

The thing is, and we saw this yesterday with Mr Oldham, referees don't always either go up to players or insist players go to them when showing a yellow card and just hold a card towards sometimes a group of players so it's anyone's guess who it is whose being booked.

So, us Millers fans will just have to wait and see if Kieffer is on the team sheet next week or not.

Going back to Kieffer Moore playing yesterday, I will ask the question, was it a wise move by Warney to play him? What do you think?

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Date:Sunday November 5 2017
Time: 11:07AM

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