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SPORT 60 LDM-E01-S2 LM03 INSIDE Backing of fans is vital PEARSON PRAISE FOR CITY’S BLUE ARMY MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015 Mauling for Tigers WE GOT WHAT WE DESERVED, ADMITS BOSS COCKERILL PAGE 56-59 PAGE 53-55 ❚❙ CITY WAIT AND SEE ON RED CARD AFTER VITAL VICTORY PICTURE: ALEX HANNAM ALL ARMS Players from both sides get involved after Matty James clashed with Villa’s Ciaran Clark FLASHPOINT TURN TO PAGE 52 GET IN TOUCH Xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx Write or email and have your say address in here LEICESTER CITY will today assess the referee’s report before deciding whether they have a case for appealing against Matty James’ red card against Aston Villa. The midfielder was shown a straight red card in added time of City’s vital 1-0 victory as the tension boiled over at the King Power Stadium. James went into a committed challenge on Villa’s Jores Okore CITY NEWS BY ROB TANNER www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport on the halfway line and then Ciaran Clark sparked a brawl by barging into James as he got back to his feet. Controversial referee Michael Oliver was slow to blow his whistle @Leicester_Merc after James’ tackle but, after players from both sides piled into to pull the duo apart, James was shown a straight red card while Clark received a second yellow. The flashpoint wasn’t over as Clark then chased James off the pitch and renewed the confrontation with members of both benches again involved. Both clubs could potentially face FA charges for the incidents. City may find it difficult to appeal if Oliver states in his report James was dismissed for the initial challenge. Replays show his studs were up and he did connect with both the ball and Okore, but Pearson said he wanted to see if Oliver’s explanation matched the version he was initially given after the game. “I’m not prepared to make any comments on it,” said Pearson. “I will wait to see the report. When asked about James’ reaction being out of character for a mild-mannered player, Pearson replied: “What reaction? To be elbowed in his face? Have a look at the replays,” he said. “Everyone is going to have a view on the tackle so have a view on everything else that happens, then make your own mind up there. “It depends what is in the report. Turn to page 59 FOR SPORTS NEWS AND PICTURES GO TO LEICESTERMERCURY.CO.UK ISSN PM-1 Price 60p