Sunderland have successfully appealed the red card forward Chris Maguire picked up in the 1-1 draw against Luton on Saturday.
The former Sheffield Wednesday man was shown a straight red in added time at the Stadium of Light after a coming together with Alan McCormack.
The match official thought Maguire had stamped, or at least left a foot in, on the Luton man when he was on the floor after a free-kick had been awarded to the visitors.
However, the FA confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that after reviewing the footage, Maguire would not be facing the three-match ban that would normally follow.
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It means he won’t have to miss out on helping Sunderland’s promotion push and will be available for Saturday’s clash against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.
That is a big boost for Jack Ross as Maguire has been an important player this season, chipping in with seven league goals, including a strike against the Hatters last time out.
The draw on the weekend left the side one point behind Luton although they do have a game in hand.
This is very good news for Sunderland and it’s the second appeal they have won this season.
Realistically though, Maguire’s made no difference on Saturday as he was sent off so late but it still would’ve been a blow not having him for these upcoming games.
Now, Ross can focus on the game against Scunthorpe knowing an important player will be part of his plans.
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