HARSH TO LABEL THAT ‘DIVE’ SAYS BANNED LAVELLE
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.”