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Published 04/04/2010 | 05:00

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant feels referee Steve Bennett should have shown some "common sense" instead of sending off Anthony Vanden Borre in his side's draw with Blackburn at Fratton Park.

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Pompey were given a temporary stay of execution from Premier League relegation after Hull failed to win at Stoke. But Grant, who went into the Rovers game without 13 first-team regulars and a substitutes' bench full of youth-team players, was left fuming after Vanden Borre received a second booking for deliberate handball.

The Belgian right-back was yellow-carded shortly before the break for a foul on Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi. Grant had his doubts about this booking, but he was furious when Bennett dismissed Vanden Borre for blatantly handling a ball down the right touchline on the hour.

The decision rules him out of the club's FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham at Wembley next Sunday. "I respect Steve Bennett very much -- he is one of the best referees. But we have needed to see more common sense (from referees) this year," said Grant. "It was one of those situations where if he hadn't given the red card, I don't think anyone would have blamed him."

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