Thursday 29 December 2011

Wigan's Sammon wins red card appeal

Striker's sending off at Manchester United is quashed by Football Association

Conor Sammon has earned a regular starting berth for Wigan Athletic this season

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.

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Key Points

  • Striker was sent off in 5-0 defeat at Man United
  • Football Association have rescinded the red card
  • Sammon available for Stoke match on 31 December