Pressman keeps his red record

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Any hopes the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman may have harboured about having his name erased from the record books were quashed yesterday. Pressman became the fastest player to be sent off in league history in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Wolves after he was shown the red card for handling outside the area after just 13 seconds.

Any hopes the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman may have harboured about having his name erased from the record books were quashed yesterday. Pressman became the fastest player to be sent off in league history in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Wolves after he was shown the red card for handling outside the area after just 13 seconds.

The 32-year-old claimed after the match that the referee, Mark Halsey, was wrong to have dismissed him as the ball struck him on the chest, and that he would appeal. But a Football League spokesman confirmed: "You only have right of appeal on mistaken identity, violent conduct and serious foul play."

It means Pressman's one-match suspension will stand and he will now be ruled out of the Hillsborough encounter with Blackburn on 28 August.

The Wednesday manager, Paul Jewell, meanwhile has failed in two bids to sign Dundee United's Canadian international defender Jason de Vos. United are refusing to budge from their £1m valuation of the former Darlington player, with Jewell having reportedly increased his original offer to around £600,000.

The Dundee manager, Ivano Bonetti, has urged the Scottish Premier League to monitor potentially inflammatory remarks about ethnic origins. The Dens Park side have already received three red cards this season, prompting the Hibernian defender Paul Fenwick to question the cosmopolitan side's style. But Bonetti believes that such comments have no place in the game and the club has registered their concerns with the SPL.

"This kind of inflammatory comment would not be tolerated anywhere else in society and football should not be any different," said a club spokesman. Fenwick made his comments after the 5-1 defeat of Dundee at Easter Road at the weekend, where the visitors had Fabian Caballero and Patrizio Billio dismissed.

"It's their style of game that when you go near them their first reaction is to fall over. It is just the way they have been brought up," said Fenwick.

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