Appeal success for Boateng
12 Feb 2010 - 15:32:47
Hull City midfielder George Boateng has won his appeal against the red card he was handed in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
The veteran former Middlesbrough star was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Probert following a 40th-minute aerial challenge with Morten Gamst Pedersen at Ewood Park.
However, a statement on the FA's official website read: "At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Hull City midfielder George Boateng was upheld.
"As a result, Boateng's three-match suspension has been withdrawn. Boateng was shown a red card for violent conduct during Hull's match against Blackburn Rovers on 10 February.
Tigers manager Phil Brown had been bemused by Probert's decision, saying after the game: "To say it's a nonsense is an understatement.
"The problem I have with it is he had two to three minutes to make the decision while George was knocked out.
"But the players told me he already had the red card out of his pocket within seconds of the incident. It's clearly a clash of heads and a brave challenge by both players. If I'm going to jump I'm going to bring my arms up.
"If you look at George Boateng's history, he's had 14 years in the Premier League and two red cards. It's a good career record for me for a combative midfielder who's involved in tussles and tackles."