There are two methods of appealing against a red card; clubs can submit a Wrongful Dismissal Claim or a Mistaken Identity Claim.

In relation to a Wrongful Dismissal Claim, if a player has been sent off for anything other than for receiving two cautions in the same match or the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures, a club has two working days following the match to submit an intention to appeal, either via the Whole Game System or by email. Any intentions to claim submitted after this time will not be considered and the sanction will stand. The club will then have a further two working days to submit evidence that the referee has made an obvious error in law in showing a red card.

The Claim will then be heard by a Disciplinary Commission on correspondence only before the suspension begins, and the club will be informed of the result at the earliest opportunity. This is not mitigation against the sanction and the only options available to the Commission are to dismiss the Claim, with the punishment standing, or to uphold the Claim with the suspension and fine removed.

In relation to a Mistaken Identity Claim, a club must alert the County FA within three working days of the fixture and provide details of the person who should have received the red card. Again this will be considered prior to the suspension coming into effect.