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James McClean reacts angrily after being stamped on by Gary MacKenzie
James McClean reacts angrily after being stamped on by Gary MacKenzie

JAMES McClean’s red card from the Blackpool game has been overturned.

The winger reacted angrily after a challenge from Seasiders captain Gary MacKenzie in the dying moments of the Championship fixture at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

The referee was told by his assistant that McClean had kicked out at his opponent and he was therefore dismissed for violent conduct.

However, replays showed that the Wigan player was actually the recipient of a nasty challenge with MacKenzie first elbowing him before stamping on his knee.

McClean did react angrily but did nothing that would warrant a red card. As a result, the FA has confirmed that the decision has been overturned following an appeal launched by Wigan Athletic.

Had the red card stood then McClean would have missed Latics’ games against Charlton, QPR and Huddersfield.

A statement released by the FA said: “An independent regulatory commission has confirmed that Wigan Athletic’s James McClean has had his three-match suspension for violent conduct withdrawn.

“The Latics winger was dismissed in added time of Wigan’s Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

“McClean was successful in his appeal against the red card and is now available for his side’s next Championship fixture against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.”

The player himself tweeted his satisfaction that justice has been done and hit out at MacKenzie, labelling his actions as “cowardly.”

McClean posted: “Happy the red card which shoulda went the otherway for a cowardly stamp on me while on the ground has been overturned and i miss no games”.