Thursday 29 December 2011
Wigan Athletic striker Conor Sammon has won his appeal against the red card he received at Manchester United on Boxing Day.
The 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd after a clash with United's Michael Carrick on the halfway line during the first half.
"I am delighted to have Conor available for the next three matches"
- Roberto Martinez
The score was 1-0 at the time of the dismissal, with Wigan - 18th in the Barclays Premier League - going on to lose the match 5-0 as Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick.
Sammon will now be available for Wigan's crucial match at Stoke City on Saturday 31st December, which has come as a boost to their manager Roberto Martinez.
"We thank the panel for their decision, which is the correct one," said Martinez. "We now need to draw a line under the matter and move on. I am delighted to have Conor available for the next three matches.
"It would have been really unfair for him to share the frustrating feeling that he had on Monday for another three matches after doing nothing wrong."
Sammon joined Wigan for £600,000 from Scottish side Kilmarnock in January and has made 13 Barclays Premier League appearances this season.