Sadio Mane Red Card Overruled by the FA
The red card shown to Southampton forward Sadio Mane will not stand, the FA has ruled after reviewing the incident in the match against Stoke City.
Referee Lee Mason gave the forward a straight red card when he caught Stoke’s Erik Pieters in mid-air having mistimed a jump to challenge for the ball.
Immediately after the match, Saints boss Ronald Koeman stated that the decision was wrong and confirmed the club would appeal.
The FA statement ruled the referee’s decision wrong.
“An Independent Regulatory Commission has today (Tuesday 15 March 2016) upheld a wrongful dismissal claim in relation to Southampton’s Sadio Mane.
“The forward, who was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Stoke City on Saturday (12 March 2016), will therefore not serve any suspension,” the statement read.
Mane’s clearance coincides with the return of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama who was on a five match ban and skipper Jose Fonte who has done his one match suspension.
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