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FA rescinds McCartney dismissal

George McCartney
McCartney rejoined Sunderland from West Ham in August

Sunderland have won an appeal against George McCartney's red card shown in Saturday's defeat at Manchester City.

The 27-year-old was sent off in the 15th minute of City's 1-0 win for pulling back Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Referee Steve Tanner showed him a straight red card for "denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity".

A spokesman told the club's website they were "delighted" the appeal had been successful. McCartney will be free to play against West Ham on 4 April.

After the match, Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia said: "He made slight contact but Wright-Phillips would not have got the ball.


"I'm dumfounded as to why he was sent off. A long debate ensued and the linesman made the decision."

The red card was overturned by the Football Association's regulatory commission.

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see also
Man City 1-0 Sunderland
22 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Sunderland not safe yet - Sbragia
23 Mar 09 |  Sunderland
McCartney makes Sunderland return
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