Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has won his appeal against the red card he received whilst playing for Stoke City against Crawley Town during his club’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Crawley Town on Sunday. Had Delap’s appeal been turned down, he would have faced a four game ban.
Delap was dismissed for a sliding tackle on David Hunt in the first half. Potters boss Tony Pulis was visibly frustrated at the red card and the club immediately lodged an appeal: “If you ask the referee, he gives a throw in, not even a free-kick!” – said Pulis afterwards. The fourth official brought the tackle to the referee’s attention due to ”excessive force” from the Irish man. It is very rare for such appeals to be successful. Delap was set to miss Premier League game against Swansea City, Norwich City and Chelsea but is now free to play again with immediate effect