London calling as strike ace seeks to avoid ban No 2

Flashback: Gary Madine is sent off after two yellows at Carlisle
Flashback: Gary Madine is sent off after two yellows at Carlisle

GARY Madine is off to London to front up to the FA disciplinary big-wigs in a bid to avoid another ban.

The Sheffield Wednesday striker will plead his case after a charge of improper conduct arising out of his dismissal at former club Carlisle last week.

He served his one-match ban on Saturday for the red card he received for two bookings in that game.

However, it was a short, sharp reaction to referee Paul Tierney as he started to walk off that has been reported by the referee and has led to further potential trouble.

Madine had until last Friday evening to let the FA know his response to the charge and he decided to personally attend the hearing rather than rely on a written statement. The Owls striker clearly feels it is in his best interests to travel to London and go in front of the panel.

His side of the case obviously remains private but he is sure to show remorse, probably apologise and it is likely he will indicate it was in the heat of the moment, his actions fuelled by the frustration of receiving a second booking that was felt to be unjust.

If he was to be banned then it would take effect from Saturday’s home game with Brentford.

Tonight, Wednesday’s youngsters are at Carlisle in the FA Youth Cup.

When they played there four years ago, Madine scored Carlisle’s goal in a 1-1 draw, the Owls losing on penalties.

Ex-Owls striker Nathan Modest, aged 20, has joined Sheffield FC.