Sammon let off the hook
Wigan have successfully appealed Conor Sammon's red card against Manchester United, with the FA confirming he will not serve a suspension.
Last Updated: 29/12/11 4:02pm
Wigan have successfully appealed Conor Sammon's red card against Manchester United, with the Football Association confirming he will not serve a suspension.
The Irish striker was shown a straight red card during the Latics' 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
The decision, taken after a coming together with Michael Carrick, appeared harsh and Roberto Martinez was left less than impressed at the final whistle.
Wigan decided to contest the dismissal, confident that Sammon would be spared a three-match ban.
Their efforts have proved successful and the 25-year-old will now be available to Martinez for a trip to Stoke on Saturday.
"At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Wigan Athletic striker Conor Sammon was upheld," read a statement released on the FA's official website.
"As a result, Sammon's three match suspension has been withdrawn.
"Sammon was shown a red card for violent conduct during Wigan's Premier League match against Manchester United on 26 December."
On the FA's decision, Martinez said: "We thank the panel for their decision, which is the correct one. We now need to draw a line under the matter and move on.
"I am delighted to have Conor available for the next three matches. It would have been really unfair for him to share the frustrating feeling that he had on Monday for another three games after doing nothing wrong.
"You need to accept punishment when you do something wrong but this was a normal phase of play where Conor was using his role as a target man. He tried to be big, to hold the ball and the red card was the wrong call."