Massimo Luongo has had his weekend’s red card rescinded and thus his three-match ban overturned by the Football Association.
Luongo was shown a straight red card in the Owls’ 5-0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers, after a foul on Rovers’ Lewis Travis was deemed to be ‘foul play’ by referee Jared Gillett.
The Australian was given his marching orders only 23 minutes in, when the score was still only 1-0, a decision which Wednesday manager Garry Monk said “changed the game.”
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Following the game Wednesday appealed the decision, with the player himself saying: “I’m confident the decision will be rescinded.”
Luongo was clearly right in being confident of that decision, with the decision being overturned on Tuesday evening.
The decision comes in with immediate effect, with the 27-year-old now available for selection when Wednesday travel to Luongo’s former club QPR in the FA Cup on Friday.
The 27-year-old’s red card was Wednesday’s fourth of the season but only their first to be rescinded.
Luongo has turned out 18 times for Wednesday this term scoring two goals, 14 of those appearances coming under Garry Monk, and those connected with the club will feel justice has been served with this decision.
Looking at the tackle again, it is clear that there is no intent to hurt Travis and maybe a little bit of play acting from the Rovers man was what swayed the referee’s mind into thinking it was a red card offence.
It will be frustrating for Wednesday fans as they will be left wondering ‘what if?’ had Luongo remained on the pitch at 1-0, and it may have been hard to see them being on the end of such a thumping had they had 11 men.
Luongo looks set to continue to start for Wednesday as they take on QPR in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
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