McManus wins red card appeal

Stephen McManus challenges Aberdeen's Adam Rooney
Stephen McManus challenges Aberdeen's Adam Rooney

Stephen McManus will be free to face Dundee on Saturday after the Motherwell defender has his red card from Sunday overturned.

The former Scotland International was sent off against Aberdeen after referee Willie Collum adjudged he handled a Jonny Hayes shot on the line.

Television replays proved conclusively that the match official had made an error and after a hearing of the Judicial Panel at a Fast Track Tribunal hearing at Hampden Park this morning, the card was rescinded

McManus said: “I was bitterly disappointed and frustrated to be red carded last week, but I do also accept that mistakes happen and are part of the game.

“I am obviously pleased the red card has been rescinded and I very much look forward to Saturday’s game against Dundee.”

General Manager Alan Burrows added: “I would like to thank the Compliance Officer, Tony McGlennan, for arranging the hearing so swiftly along with the members of the panel who sat and considered our appeal.

“It’s a satisfying conclusion and a good example of how the improved disciplinary procedure can work to ensure a fair and transparent outcome.”