Cats get Maguire’s red card over­turned

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Sun­der­land have suc­cess­fully ap­pealed against Chris Maguire’s red card against Lu­ton Town - with the for­ward free to face Scun­thorpe United.

The 29-year-old was sent off in added-on time at the Sta­dium of Light on Satur­day af­ter a chal­lenge on Lu­ton mid­fielder Al­lan McCor­mack.

Maguire was ad­judged to have stamped on McCor­mack, some­thing which the Black Cats boss Jack Ross was adamant did not take place.

The club launched an ap­peal on Mon­day and that has proved suc­cess­ful.

A club state­ment read: “Sun­der­land AFC has been ad­vised by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion that the club’s ap­peal in re­la­tion to the red card awarded to Chris Maguire in Satur­day’s game against Lu­ton has been up­held.

“The player will now be avail­able for Satur­day’s game against Scun­thorpe United.”

The FA stated: “A claim of wrong­ful dis­missal re­gard­ing Sun­der­land’ AFC’s Christo­pher Maguire has been suc­cess­ful fol­low­ing an In­de­pen­dent Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion hear­ing to­day [15/01/19]. The player was sent off for vi­o­lent con­duct dur­ing the game against Lu­ton Town on Satur­day [12/01/19].”

Speak­ing af­ter the game, Ross said: “Chris Maguire - the fourth of­fi­cial tells me that he was sent off for a stamp, which he didn’t do.

“I’ve not a dis­cus­sion with the club but hav­ing watched it, I would ex­pect to [ap­peal it].

“What I’ve seen and what the fourth of­fi­cial has told me, it doesn’t marry up. When you watch it you will see where I am com­ing from.”

Maguire was fac­ing a three game ban for vi­o­lent con­duct but is now free to face Scun­thorpe United away in League One on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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