Real may contest Beckham dismissal

Beckham then half turned his back on Ibanez and applauded, an action that was punished with a red card. "In the 87th minute the player David Beckham was sent off for applauding in a mocking way after being booked," the referee wrote in his post-match report.

However, Real Madrid have described the dismissal as "unjust" on their website and have announced they may try to get the red card rescinded.

"The club are considering an appeal against the Spanish FA's disciplinary committee [which sits on Tuesday]," read a statement. "The judicial services of Real Madrid are analysing the video of the game along with various photographs to show David Beckham's actions in no way were an act of disrespect towards Dauden Ibanez".

Beckham is now set to miss tomorrow's trip to Deportivo La Coruña through suspension.

The incident was similar to England striker Wayne Rooney's dismissal in Manchester United's Champions' League encounter with Villarreal last month. That occurred after Rooney was widely criticised for a fiery display against Northern Ireland, when he had an on-field row with Beckham, who was trying to pacify him. Beckham later invited Rooney to Madrid to smooth over the matter.

Beckham's transgression also comes just two weeks after he was sent off for two quick bookings in England's World Cup qualifier against Austria.

The Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker has appealed against the yellow card he received in Sunday's derby with Sunderland by claiming mistaken identity.

The 25-year-old was booked for a tackle on Andy Welsh in the 28th minute of Newcastle's 3-2 win. However, the Football Association has now received an appeal from Parker.

His team-mate Alan Shearer has reportedly been troubled by his hernia lately, but may be waiting until next month's international break before assessing whether or not keyhole surgery is required.

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