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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Nzonzi red card overturned

Steven Nzonzi, right, was shown red in Stoke's clash with Southampton

Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi has successfully appealed against a red card issued to him in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton.

Nzonzi was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg in the 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium for what appeared to be a stamp on Jack Cork.

At the time the decision angered Stoke manager Tony Pulis who felt Cork had over-reacted. Pulis said: "Whether the reaction of Cork, who is a good player and a good lad, has influenced Mark, I'm not sure, but Steven certainly doesn't stamp on the player."

Pulis added: "There was no intent. He's actually planted his leg between his legs, which was quite clever."

The Potters launched an immediate appeal, and upon review by the Independent Regulatory Commission, a claim of wrongful dismissal has been upheld.

The Commission further confirmed Nzonzi's potential three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

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