He got a ban, they appealed and it was withdrawn, Niasse got a ban, we appealed but it was upheld, we did what they did, what's your point ?
The point is they did kick up a fuss about it. From a related article in the Guardian on the ban being overturned:
“European football's governing body reversed its earlier verdict yesterday after vehement protests from Arsenal.”
“the outspoken comments of Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, against Eduardo's initial ban could have proved pivotal to the turnaround.”
We don’t exert the same amount of media clout or pressure to put on the officials and so in a similar situation we end up with nothing happening and a rather muddled statement from Unsworth. The point is I think we could’ve done better.
Even if we were still to have lost the appeal it makes more sense to kick up enough of a fuss as it gives us more ammunition and protection in future cases that are either for us or against us. There is a reason Mourinho and co are very public in their responses and players keep pointing out perceived injustices to the referees as it’s all in aid of getting a more favourable outcome down the line.