Newcastle appeal Bassong red card

Newcastle United have lodged an appeal against the red card given to Sebastien Bassong, during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham.

The Football Association confirmed United had contested the dismissal in a statement on its website today.

"Bassong was shown a red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during Newcastle's match against Fulham on May 16," it said. "A regulatory commission will hear the claim on May 19."

Bassong was sent off by referee Howard Webb, after bringing down Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara after 60 minutes of the match.

The move comes as a surprise as Newcastle had not complained about the card after the match.

"The sending off was probably the correct decision," manager Alan Shearer said Saturday.

If his appeal is unsuccessful, Bassong will miss the Magpies' final game of the season at Aston Villa on Sunday.

If Newcastle loses it will be relegated to the second tier of English football, for the first time since 1993.