Wayne Routledge: Swansea City midfielder has red card overturned

Karl Henry of QPR clashes with Swansea City pair Ki Sung-Yueng and Wayne Routledge
Karl Henry of QPR clashes with Swansea City pair Ki Sung-Yueng and Wayne Routledge

Swansea City midfielder Wayne Routledge has won his appeal against a red card he received in the 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers on New Year's Day.

The 29-year-old was dismissed four minutes from time for his reaction to a challenge by Karl Henry that went unpunished by referee Anthony Taylor.

Swans boss Gary Monk had described Henry's challenge as a "leg-breaker".

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Routledge is now available to face Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

An FA statement said: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday, 2 January 2015, Swansea City's Wayne Routledge has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld.

"The three-match suspension has therefore been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Swansea substitute Wilfried Bony went on to score an equaliser in time added on, cancelling out Leroy Fer's first-half strike.

Monk said afterwards: "My player goes from nearly having his leg broken to getting sent off, I don't see how that can happen."

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