Referee who sent off Fernando Forestieri assigned to League Two match

Sheffield Wednesday

Tim Robinson was heavily criticised for his decision to send off the Sheffield Wednesday forward in Friday's 0-0 draw with Hull City.

The referee who controversially sent off Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri against Hull City has learned of his punishment, the Football League has announced.

Tim Robinson, who was overseeing his fourth consecutive Championship fixture, issued the Italian with a second yellow card in the final minute of Friday's top-of-the-table encounter, having adjudged him to have dived to avoid Michael Dawson's sliding challenge.

Dawson appeared to make contact with Forestieri and immediately rose to his feet, offering an apologetic hand in the direction of Robinson, who had already made up his mind.

Having been sent off for two bookings in his previous outing against Preston North End, Forestieri will now miss Wednesday's next two Championship matches, and their fans were quick to berate Robinson's decision on Twitter.

Tellingly, their complaints were supported by several high-profile names within the game, such as ex-Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, West Ham co-chairman David Gold and even Steve Bruce, the Hull manager, as reported by the Sheffield Star.

And the Football League would appear to agree, banishing Robinson to Crawley Town's League Two fixture against Newport County on Tuesday night, with Notts County v Bristol Rovers to follow, in the same division, next Saturday.

The news will come as little consolation to Forestieri, however, who was moved to tears by Robinson's decision, according to the Sheffield Star.

Wednesday are unable to appeal the sending off as it wasn't a straight red card.

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