x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Beye wins appeal over red card

The Newcastle defender Habib Beye wins his appeal against the red card against Manchester City.

Habib Beye, left, sees red but it was proved that he did touch the ball when he challenged Robinho.
Habib Beye, left, sees red but it was proved that he did touch the ball when he challenged Robinho.

NEWCASTLE // The Newcastle United defender Habib Beye has won his appeal against a red card against Manchester City. The decision means Beye is now available for Saturday's game against local rivals Sunderland. Beye was sent off in Newcastle's 2-2 draw with City on Monday for bringing down the Brazilian star Robinho in the area although TV replays suggested he touched the ball first. The red card automatically leads to a suspension but Newcastle appealed the ruling by referee Rob Styles and the Football Association (FA) found in Beye's favour.

This is the latest incident in a long list of cases that promotes the use of video replays for the referee's disposal. Such a measure would have certainly have prevented the appeal going to a hearing. While Beye is available for the derby clash with Sunderland, striker Michael Own will be missing on Saturday through a groin strain. "Michael, unfortunately, will not be fit in time for Sunderland and, of course, that's a blow to lose a striker of his calibre," the caretaker manager Joe Kinnear told the club's website. *AP