We want to help referees but the FA is a closed shop, says Lincoln City boss
A frustrated David Holdsworth has demanded reform of the Football Association's disciplinary appeal process after claiming it is a "closed shop".
The Imps boss was thwarted in his bid to overturn Jake Sheridan's red card against Dartford on Tuesday and the winger is now serving a three-match ban.
Despite having video evidence which City claimed would clear the former Tamworth midfielder, the FA upheld referee Ross Joyce's decision.
It is the second time Lincoln have tried to overturn a red card this season having also failed with a similar bid for Adam Smith's dismissal against Grimsby.
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Holdsworth now wants change in the way the FA handles appeals which cost in excess of £600 to submit.
"I don't think decisions or appeals are just going against us, it's happening all over the league," he said.
"At the minute, the appeal process seems to be a waste of time and money.
"My view and the club's view is that Jake's challenge was an innocent tackle.
"We had a video of it, and thought it was good enough for our case, but unlike the Premier League we do not have a cameras all around.
"Perhaps the time has come now for referees to decide whether players should have their three-match ban upheld rather than a panel.
"He should have the opportunity to see it again and then make his view.
"I would also like to see the officials have microphones.
"If the fourth official can offer a different view at least he has a different angle.
"We are just asking for balance. How can we carry on like this?
"We want to help referees appeal decisions, but, in my opinion, it is a closed shop.
"It's not just for us, but all other clubs at our level. We need change."
Sheridan was a big miss for Lincoln in Tuesday night's defeat at Stockport and he will now sit out important games against Hereford and Barrow.
It was a setback after the win over Dartford, but midfielder Alan Power still believes the Imps are capable of dragging themselves away from danger.
"We know we were capable of getting ourselves up the table," he said.
"In the next couple of games that his what he have to keep on aiming for.
"If we can reproduce the performances like the Dartford one, then we will be fine."
City will look to bounce back against Hereford this weekend and they could receive a massive boost with Mo Fofana close to a return.
The midfielder has not kicked a ball since December, but was seen warming up with the team prior to the game against Stockport.
Holdsworth did not put a timescale on his return to the first team, but says his fitness is getting better all the time.
"Mo has been a big miss for us, but his fitness is getting better all the time," he said.
"When he does return it will be a big boost to us."