Preston North End right-back Darnell Fisher wins red card appeal

Preston North End right-back Darnell Fisher's red card against West Bromwich Albion has been overturned by the FA.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 3:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th February 2020, 3:34 pm
Preston right-back Darnell Fisher has had his sending-off at West Bromwich Albion overturned on appeal

The Lilywhites appealed against the straight red card shown by Premier League referee Kevin Friend to Fisher for a tackle on former PNE attacker Callum Robinson.

Fisher winning the appeal has saved him from a three-match suspension and he is available for Saturday's game against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

In their submission to the FA disciplinary panel, North End had argued that the 25-year-old had won the ball cleanly in the challenge and that there was no excess force used.

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They also reasoned that there had been no deliberate follow through by Fisher, with his shin having caught Robinson and not his boot.

Speaking on Thursday morning before the appeal, PNE manager Alex Neil said: "For me, it didn't endanger the opponent.

"If anything, it was his shin which connected with Callum. If he had gone in feet flat and his studs are showing, I get it.

"I don't think the pace he went in with was particularly quick either, he never leaves the ground at any point.

"All the variables they look for as to why it would be a red card, in my opinion they weren't there in my opinion.