Deaf striker ‘sent off’ as he couldn’t hear whistle vows to overcome ban

PJ Dolan in action with the Great Britain Deaf Football squad.
PJ Dolan in action with the Great Britain Deaf Football squad.

A DEAF footballer has vowed to put a red card row behind him, as his club prepares to appeal.

Philip John Dolan, from Chryston, was playing for Kilsyth Rangers against Armadale in a Scottish Junior Cup replay when he was shown a yellow card for celebrating an offside goal because he could not hear the whistle.

The 24-year-old, who is known as PJ, was sent off moments later and given an automatic two-match ban after being slapped with a second yellow card for allegedly diving.

The decision surprised PJ’s dad, Philip, who said the players told the referee that his son was deaf during the game, played on December 31, in Broxburn.

He said: “I was surprised by the decision because the players went up to the referee straight away to say my son was deaf.

“There was this one Armadale player who, however, insisted that PJ should be booked and I think to some extent the referee felt pressured.

“That player later apologised to my son after the match as I don’t think he realised he was deaf.”

Philip said the Armadale goalkeeper attempted to save the shot that his son was making, so there was no indication to PJ that he was offside.

PJ, who plays for the Great Britain and Scotland deaf football teams, is looking forward to getting back on the team sheet following his ban.

Philip said the Kilsyth club are planning to write a letter of appeal to the junior football authorities.

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