Inverness win Tansey appeal
Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey will be available to face Hearts after winning his appeal against his red card in the defeat by Celtic.
Last Updated: 24/11/11 3:15pm
Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey will be available to face Hearts on Saturday after winning his appeal against his red card in the defeat by Celtic.
Tansey was sent off during last week's 2-0 home loss by the Bhoys following an aerial challenge on striker Georgios Samaras.
Caley Thistle appealed, claiming wrongful dismissal for violent conduct, and at the SFA's fast-track tribunal on Thursday the verdict went in the midfielder's favour, meaning Tansey will not serve a ban and will be in the squad for the trip to Hearts.
Manager Terry Butcher said on the club's official website: "I'm absolutely delighted for Greg and for the team.
"We felt that the player had been very unlucky in being sent off for the incident with Georgios Samaras and we have been justified in our appeal.
"In fairness to referee O'Reilly, he indicated that he had reviewed the incident and now felt it should not have been a red card. That made the panel's job easy.
"We viewed what happened as a complete accident and it's excellent news that justice has been done."
Manager Butcher was furious about the decision at the time, describing the incident as "deadly assault by fingernail", and could yet face disciplinary action from the Scottish Football Association.
It was the third time Butcher has travelled to Hampden to appeal a red card, but the first success following dismissals of pleas to rescind red cards for Ross Tokely and Chris Hogg earlier this season.