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Pickford Suspension Overturned

22 December 2015

Following the meeting of the FA Regulatory Committee, the appeal for the wrongful dismissal of Jordan Pickford has been upheld and the suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

On-loan goalkeeper Pickford was issued a red card against Leeds United on Sunday, and after an appeal by the Club, the 21-year-old will no longer serve a one-match ban. 

The decision means that Pickford will be available for selection for this weekend's Boxing Day clash with Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. 

Speaking of the decision, manager Simon Grayson said: "I think they've seen sense, at the time it's difficult for officials to make decisions, but even so, I think on the day there were factors that should have meant it was just a yellow card if anything.

"I think they've seen sense, when you look at where it's hit Jordan in the first place, then there's the other argument of whether it denied a goal scoring opportunity, but you've got Hunts who was covering the direction of the ball.

"So the things we've put forward have obviously helped and everyone has seen sense. Ultimately it doesn't change the outcome of the result.

"We did feel that if it was 11 versus 11 then we would have had a great opportunity to go and win the game. We did very well with ten men but we felt with 11 players on the pitch we had a great opportunity to win it." 

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