The red card shown to Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland have been rescinded by the Football Association.
Newcastle went into that game in a high after winning the weekend before with a six goals margin but the game against the Black Cats turned on its head when referee, Robert Madley awarded the hosts a penalty and sent off Coloccini for a shove on striker Steven Fletcher.
Adam Johnson scored the penalty while Sam Allardyce men went on to win 3-0 which ensured that they leapfrog Newcastle and move off the bottom of the Premier League.
Coloccini was initially thought to had denied Fletcher a clear goalscoring opportunity and was dismissed but a second look shows that Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot was on hand to sweep up and it seemed that Fletcher would not have reached the ball.
In a statement this afternoon, the FA confirmed that an independent regulatory commission had found that referee Robert Madley “had made an obvious error” by sending off Coloccini.
The Argentine will therefore not have to serve a one-match suspension, but Newcastle have been hit with a separate FA charge for failing to control their players as they protested the red card.
Newcastle United have until 6pm Friday to respond to the charge.