Michel cleared to play for Birmingham as reserves red card is chalked off by FA

14 April 2010 07:41
Seeing red: Birmingham's Michel

Birmingham midfielder Michel has won his appeal against a red card handed out in last week's reserve clash with Chelsea.

The 24-year-old was dismissed by referee Marvyn Amphlett late on for serious foul play, and would have missed the Blues' Barclays Premier League matches with Aston Villa, Burnley and Bolton.

But after Birmingham submitted written and video evidence to support their case, the FA have upheld the claim for wrongful dismissal and withdrawn the suspension.

Michel has just started to make a name for himself with the club, starting on his last two outings at Portsmouth and Sunderland last month after five substitute appearances since his debut in January.

Manager Alex McLeish, meanwhile, has confirmed he will have money to spend this summer when the transfer window opens, but it will not be 'multi-millions'.

The Scot is also mindful of not going overboard on players' wages, which could lead to financial difficulties later down the line.

'We may spend a few bob on transfers, but you know we do still need to be careful on the wages front,' McLeish told www.sport.co.uk.

'When you get to the higher levels you can see what happens to some clubs, especially if you get relegated. You can't sustain those kind of wages.

Ambition: McLeish wants to add to his Birmingham squad

'Also, if you know these players don't do it for you and you have to move them on, how can you get rid of them when they are on such huge wages?

'We've got to keep a steady eye on how high we go with the wages and we will certainly do that.

'We still want to improve the level, that means we will have to give better wages, but we don't plan to go out of the stratosphere just this minute.'

 Hart deserves World Cup berth, claims the man who stole his spot at Man CityMaik Taylor's diary of a stand-in keeper - Birmingham veteran fills inMan City 5 Birmingham 1: City close in on fourth place with thumping winPICTURE SPECIAL: Rooney, Gerrard and 40 other top stars draw for charity BIRMINGHAM CITY FC

Source: Daily_Mail