Notts County player Jamie Turley has had the red card awarded during his side’s game against MK Dons rescinded after the FA agreed it was not a dismissible offence.
He will now be eligible to play against Swindon Town after the Magpies successfully appealed the red card he was shown on Tuesday night.
The 28-year old was dismissed by referee Michael Salisbury, incorrectly, following a collision with MK striker Rhys Healey. The score at the time was 1-0 to County, but the resulting penalty turned the tide and Paul Tisdale’s side went on to win the game 2-1.
The result took MK Dons to within three points of leaders Lincoln City, whilst County dropped to 22nd in the table, just two points clear of the drop zone.
Former England C international Turley joined County in September after being released by promotion chasing Newport County at the end of last season.
So they rescinded the card. Big deal. Will they replay the game due to the gross incompetence of the referee and his assistants? No.
How were they the only ones in the stadium to see a dismissible offence?
The standard of officiating in League Two is becoming a joke, with penalties missed and some arrogant referees laughing their way through matches.
It isn’t all referees, but some are simply not up to the standard required by the modern game. That decision, proven to be wrong, could cost Notts County and the promotion chasers whose rivals have been gifted points.