Tony Pulis: West Brom boss angry he cannot appeal Yacob dismissal

Claudio Yacob
Claudio Yacob is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor in West Bromwich Albion's defeat by Aston Villa.

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says it is "disgraceful" that the club cannot appeal against Claudio Yacob's two yellow-card dismissal.

Yacob must serve his ban for being sent off following his tackle on Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna, as it was not a straight red card.

"It is disgraceful," Pulis told BBC WM 95.6. "I find it absolutely astounding.

"But I don't make the rules. You can be sent off for a red, appeal and get off, but two yellows and you can't appeal."

What next for the Baggies?
After successive defeats for the first time since he became Baggies boss, Tony Pulis now faces a meeting with his former club Stoke City at The Hawthorns on Saturday. Mark Hughes' Potters are on a roll, having won three Premier League games on the spin to rise to eighth in the table, five places and 12 points above Albion

Pulis was critical of referee Anthony Taylor after Albion's defeat by Villa in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final.

"I am really disappointed because if you watch the incident, it's a blocked challenge," said Pulis. "Taylor doesn't make the decision until Claudio has two touches, so he's made a decision late.

"Whether the referee has got it in the back of his mind that he should be sent off for jumping into a two-footed challenge, I don't know.

"If he has and it's preconceived, then it's wrong. I'm not here to criticise referees but we have lost a player who should never have been sent off."

Albion's 2-0 defeat was their second reverse at Villa Park in five days, having gone down 2-1 in last Tuesday night's Premier League encounter.

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