Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm says it’s a joke that James Folkes has to serve a ban even though the referee admitted he was wrong to send him off, Kent Online report.

Angels were leading Worthing 1-0 through Joe Turner’s strike last Saturday when Folkes was dismissed for handball, referee Elliott Kaye ruling he had denied a goalscoring opportunity.

Worthing converted the penalty and went on to win 2-1.

McKimm says the official admitted he was wrong but an appeal was thrown out and Folkes served the first of a two-game ban when Angels lost 2-1 at Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday night.

The Tonbridge boss said: “I spoke to the referee after the game and said would you be open to me sending you a video and having a conversation and he said yes.

“After looking back at the video evidence, he admitted to me on Sunday it wasn’t a red card but Folkes still ends up with a two-game ban.

“The FA have the final say and wouldn’t overturn it. It’s a joke.”

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