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McGeady joy as six-match ban reduced

IRELAND international Aiden McGeady has a smile on his face today after his six-match ban from the Russian FA was reduced to two games, clearing the winger to play for Spartak Moscow in the finale of the Russian season tomorrow, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The 27-year-old (pictured) was hit with a six-game ban and a fine for events in Spartak's league game away to Mordovia Saransk earlier this month. McGeady was shown a straight red card for a challenge in the first half, a game Spartak went on to lose 2-1, though they were leading 1-0 thanks to a McGeady goal when he was dismissed.


The Russian FA disciplinary committee handed McGeady a four-game ban for the challenge, but added another two games for an alleged gesture made by McGeady towards the home fans in Saransk as he was leaving the field.

McGeady later protested his innocence, admitting he kicked a TV microphone as he was heading into the tunnel, but denied that he had gestured at fans. Now an appeals committee has backed his version of events. His ban has been reduced to two games and as he has already missed two matches, he is now clear to play against Alania Vladikavkaz in the last game of the league season tomorrow.