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Newcastle United handed timely boost amid poor run of form

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Newcastle United have been boosted by the Football Association’s confirmation that bans to Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have been overturned.

The pair were controversially dismissed during last Friday night’s 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, with referee Stephen Martin dismissing both players for separate incidents involving Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Rafael Benitez described Lansbury’s antics as ‘clever’ after the match, with the midfielder earning a penalty for both challenges, and although both were saved by keeper Karl Darlow, Newcastle were infuriated by the incidents.

Newcastle appealed the suspensions on Monday and the Football Association has overturned the punishments, with a statement from the FA reading:

“Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions withdrawn with immediate effect after their wrongful dismissal claims were successful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”

“The Newcastle United pair were dismissed for violent conduct and denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity respectively during the game against Nottingham Forest on 2nd December 2016.”

Referee Martin, who’s decisions were highly criticised, has been left without a scheduled match this weekend, whilst Newcastle will look to extend their lead at the top of the Championship table when they face Birmingham City.

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