Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett bans overturned by FA

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their controversial red cards overturned.

Shelvey and Dummett were sent off by referee Stephen Martin in Friday night's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Championship leaders Newcastle United this week appealed the decisions.

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And the Football Association today announced that the pair had had their suspensions lifted after an independent commission examined the dismissals.

Shelvey was set to miss the club's next three games, while Dummett faced a one-match ban.

A club statement read: "Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions withdrawn with immediate effect after their wrongful dismissal claims were successful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"The Newcastle United pair were dismissed for violent conduct and denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity respectively during the game against Nottingham Forest on 2nd December 2016."

United manager Rafa Benitez was critical Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury after the game.

Benitez felt Lansbury, involved in both dismissals, had been play-acting.

Newcastle take on Birmingham City at St James's Park on Saturday.