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[LNB]Birmingham midfielder Michel has won his appeal against a red card handed out in last week's reserve clash with Chelsea.[LNB]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.[LNB]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submitted written and video evidence to support their case, the FA have upheld the claim for wrongful dismissal and withdrawn the suspension.[LNB]Michel has just started to make a name for himself with the club, starting on his last two outings at Portsmouth and Sunderland last month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.[LNB]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'.[LNB]The Scot is also mindful of not going overboard on players' wages, which could lead to financial difficulties later down the line.[LNB]'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.[LNB]'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.[LNB] Ambition: McLeish wants to add to his Birmingham squad[LNB]'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?[LNB]'We've got to keep a steady eye on how high we go with the wages and we will certainly do that.[LNB]'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.'[LNB] 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

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