Middlesbrough have received a huge boost ahead of their Championship clash with Leeds after the news that the FA has overturned Adama Traore’s second red card of the season.
Had it stood Traore would have missed the next four games, starting with the crunch clash with Leeds on Friday night.
Traore was sent off in the derby clash with Sunderland in a firey encounter that also saw Jake Clarke-Salter dismissed.
He was seen to use his hand to push over Bryan Oviedo in an off-the-ball incident, and he was so incensed he had to be pulled away from the fourth official afterwards.
However, Middlesbrough were convinced he’d been provoked and pushed ahead with an appeal, although it seemed likely it would be knocked back.
However, the FA agree with Middlesbrough’s side of things and the news will come as a huge boost for Tony Pulis, with Traore one of his star performers recently.
The news was confirmed on the official FA Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.
Adama Traore will be available for Middlesbrough’s next four games after an Independent Regulatory Commission accepted that he was wrongly dismissed for violent conduct against Sunderland on Saturday [24 February].
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) February 27, 2018