HARSH TO LABEL THAT ‘DIVE’ SAYS BANNED LAVELLE

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jimmy Booker

SAM Lavelle feels hard done by af­ter he was handed a two-game ban by the FA for sim­u­la­tion.

The 21-year-old de­fender un­suc­cess­fully ap­pealed the charge for suc­cess­ful de­cep­tion of a match of­fi­cial in More­cambe’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle last week­end.

Lavelle went down fol­low­ing a chal­lenge from United goal­keeper Jack Bon­ham. It won his side a penalty, only for Adam Camp­bell to rat­tle the cross­bar.

The former Bolton young­ster’s ap­peal was dis­missed and the de­fender be­lieves the ver­dict was harsh.

“I feel a bit let down,” Lavelle said.

“At the time the ball came in, I was aware that both my­self and their keeper at­tempted to play it and, hav­ing got there first, I felt there was con­tact as I pushed the ball past him.

“Look­ing back at the video, it does look a lit­tle soft, but in real time at speed, it is eas­ier to get knocked off bal­ance.

“And, at the end of the day, if you feel con­tact in the box, you go down.

“Ad­ding to the dis­ap­point­ment is the fact that I’ve now lost my place in the side af­ter hav­ing to be pa­tient and work hard to get in there.”

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