Monday 21 May 2018

Stoke's Geoff Cameron free to face Liverpool after controversial red card was rescinded

Stoke's Geoff Cameron is shown a red card by referee Lee Mason
Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Stoke's Geoff Cameron is shown a red card by referee Lee Mason Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers

Stoke have been successful in their appeal against the red card Geoff Cameron received in the defeat at West Brom on Saturday.

Cameron was facing a three-match suspension having been sent off for violent conduct by referee Lee Mason after pushing Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck during the Barclays Premier League game at the Hawthorns.

But the Potters announced on Monday they were appealing, and a subsequent statement from the Football Association said: "Geoff Cameron has had his three-match suspension withdrawn with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was successful.

"An Independent Regulatory Commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Stoke City player for violent conduct during the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday."

Cameron is now available for Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool at home.

The 30-year-old United States international had walked in the final 10 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 defeat after he responded with the push on Yacob to a challenge from the Albion midfielder.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said in his post-match comments that he felt the Baggies man over-reacted to ensure the visitors were left with 10 men.

And before the news of the appeal being successful came through, Hughes added on Monday: "We thought he (Cameron) was a little bit hard done by.

"We think Yacob made a meal of it and was hoping there would be a sanction for Geoff. We didn't feel it warranted a red card.

"Having seen the incident back again, we weren't quite sure the referee got a clear view of it because there were people in his way.

"I felt a couple of the West Brom players didn't cover themselves in glory to be honest.

"From our point of view, yes, there are certain situations where you have to be careful and you don't react to them, but then you also have to hope the referee sees it for what it is."

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