Kirkland cleared to play
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland will not miss any Premiership games for his dismissal for the reserves.
Chris Kirkland will not have to serve a Premiership ban for his dismissal in West Brom's reserve team game with Wigan.
The on-loan goalkeeper was given his marching orders for handling outside the area following a defensive mix-up with Williams Martinez but FA rules state that he will only serve a ban from reserve team games.
The goalkeeper had requested to play for club's second string to get some vital match practice, having not played for the first team since going down with an injury against Bolton Wanderers in October.
Kirkland hoped that a strong performance would impress Bryan Robson but he only lasted five minutes in the 3-1 defeat.
"I feel sorry for Chris," said reserve team boss Gary Shelton on the club's official website.
"The referee stuck to the letter of the law even when all their players and staff were urging him to only give Chris a yellow card.
"It was unfortunate and came from a misunderstanding between Willy and Chris."
At least Kirkland will not be unavailable for the senior team as the dismissal was for handling outside of the area, which leads to different punishment at reserve level to other offences.