Leicester Launch Beckford Appeal

  • Last Updated: February 6 2012, 13:11 GMT

Leicester will appeal against the red card that Jermaine Beckford received during the 1-0 defeat to Brighton.

Beckford: Controversially sent off

Beckford was controversially sent off early in the second half of the game at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

After mistiming a challenge on Lewis Dunk down near the corner flag in the 53rd minute, Beckford tapped the Brighton defender on the back and exchanged words with him.

This led to the referee's assistant flagging furiously and the Foxes striker being shown a straight red card by referee Andy Woolmer, much to the disbelief of the Leicester players.

"Leicester City have this morning (Monday) received notification from the Football Association confirming the grounds for Jermaine Beckford's dismissal in Saturday's Championship fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion," said a statement on Leicester's official website. "The club has notified the FA of its intention to appeal and will submit its case later today."

Beckford, who will serve a three-match suspension if the appeal is unsuccessful, was not the only Foxes player to be sent off against Brighton, Neil Danns was also dismissed in injury time after committing a second bookable offence.