Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle defender's red card overturned

Fabricio Coloccini is sent off
Fabricio Coloccini's red card led to Sunderland's opening goal - scored by Adam Johnson from the penalty spot

Newcastle United have won their appeal against Fabricio Coloccini's red card in Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Sunderland.

The 33-year-old defender was sent off for a challenge on Steven Fletcher which resulted in a penalty.

Coloccini will not now have to serve a one-match ban and is available for the game with Stoke on Saturday.

However, the Football Association has charged Newcastle with "failing to control their players in relation to their reaction" to the decision.

The club have until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

Coloccini's dismissal was a key moment in Sunday's derby - the sixth in succession that Sunderland have won against their local rivals.

His foul allowed Adam Johnson to open the scoring from the spot before further goals from Billy Jones and Fletcher.

"An Independent Regulatory Commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Newcastle United defender for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity," said an FA statement.

The defeat left Newcastle 19th in the Premier League, level on six points with Sunderland and two behind Bournemouth in 17th.

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