English Premiership

Swansea receive boost as Fer red card overturned

2018-01-10 07:55
Leroy Fer (Getty Images)

Cape Town - New Swansea head coach Carlos Carvalhal has received a welcome boost with the news that Leroy Fer's red card against Wolves has been rescinded by the Football Association.

Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash at Molineux ended in a goalless draw, although there was some drama in the form of dismissals for both teams.

Ruben Vinagre was sent off for the hosts in the 40th minute and Fer followed suit on 67 minutes for a challenge on Helder Costa, which had been deemed as violent conduct by referee Anthony Taylor.

The Swans lodged an appeal with the FA as they felt the decision to produce a red card was harsh and potentially costly for Carvalhal, who would have to do without the 28-year-old midfielder for the replay, as well as crucial Premier League games against Newcastle and Liverpool.

However, Fer is in contention for those three fixtures after English football's governing body overturned his sending-off in the Black Country.

"Leroy Fer will be available for Swansea's next three games after an independent regulatory commission accepted that he was wrongly dismissed for violent conduct against Wolves on Saturday January 6," an FA spokesperson said.

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