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Gallinagh suspension overturned

Gallinagh wins red card appeal (©PAphotos)
Gallinagh wins red card appeal (©PAphotos).

Cheltenham's Andy Gallinagh has seen the red card he received in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Burton overturned following an appeal.

The Football Association regulatory commission quashed the defender's dismissal for denying a goalscoring opportunity after reviewing Town's video evidence.

Gallinagh appeared to be harshly punished for a challenge on Greg Pearson just inside the area which momentarily halted the run of the Burton striker, who was still able to slot past Scott Brown.

Instead, play was brought back and the 26-year-old was dismissed before Pearson slotted home the resulting spot-kick.


 

Town argued Gallinagh had connected with the ball fairly while also indicating that the whistle was blown just as the ball was about to cross the line, meaning he was not guilty of denying a goalscoring opportunity, and the goal should have stood in the first instance.

Gallinagh will not have to serve a one-match suspension and is free to play in Saturday's home clash against Macclesfield.

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