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Swindon ask Football League for protection for playing 'attractive' football



Swindon have written to the Football League to ask referees to protect their players from robust challenges from opposition teams.

Chairman Jed McCrory believes his team play in a way which is "pleasing on the eye", with teams being overly physical to try and counter their passing style.

"We feel that opposition players approach us with a more physical game that we believe oversteps the mark," said McCrory.

"We feel that officials should be stepping in to protect our players."

The chairman used their last game against Preston to illustrate his point, with tackles by Kevin Davies on Nathan Thompson and Grant Hall in particular causing concern.

The letter reads: "We believe that these types of tackles have no place in the game yet they continue to go unpunished, which leaves other sides to think that this is acceptable."

McCrory's claims may not run in conjunction with his side's own disciplinary record, which is currently the third worst in League One. He argues however that the majority of his side's bookings have come for dissent due to his player's frustration at their treatment by other teams.

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