Carr red rescinded
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle defender Stephen Carr has had his red card against Chelsea rescinded.
Newcastle United defender Stephen Carr has had his red card against Chelsea rescinded by The Football Association's disciplinary committee.
The Irishman was shown a straight red by referee Mike Riley for a challenge on Lassana Diarra during The Magpies' final game of the season against the Premiership champions.
However, after the club appealed to The FA for wrongful dismissal, Carr has been spared a four-game ban, meaning he will be available from day one of next season.
"It's a relief, and I'm obviously happy with the decision of the panel," Carr told the club's official website.
"At the end of the day, the referee made the decision, he had one look at the incident and decided it was a red card.
"It could have cost us a European place, because after going 1-0 up, the lads had to hang onto that lead a man down.
"That would have made me the villain in the eyes of the fans - what a way that would have been to end the season.
"I would also have been facing a four-game ban at the start of next season. The whole situation was an absolute nightmare and I'm pleased it's been resolved.
"I can't remember much about the incident at the time, but having seen it on TV later that night, I think it was ludicrous to suggest I had stamped on the lad.
"Everyone makes mistakes, but this one could have been very costly for both me and the club, so fair play to the people who have made the decision to overturn the card."