"When you look at some of the bad tackles that have been punished far less it's completely ludicrous. This is a professional game and we need professional people making professional decisions not
these silly little men."
-- Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson
on the English FA's regulatory commission after it reacted to the club's appeal to reduce
's three-game ban by adding another game because the appeal was "frivolous." The four-game ban for what has been called a minor altercation with Liverpool's
means Aliadiere's ban is one game more than what Birmingham's Martin Taylor
received for shattering the leg of Arsenal striker