Hull City Handed Squad Boost Following FA Decision

Hull City will be able to use Liverpool loanee Tyler Morton following a successful appeal of his red card.

The 21-year-old was dismissed after 35 minutes in the Tigers’ 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday for a late challenge on Djeidi Gassama.

Referee Darren Bond sent off the England youth international, meaning he would have missed the next three games, including an FA Cup third round tie against Birmingham City.

The number 15 would have also been unavailable for matches against Norwich City at home and an away trip to Sunderland over the next three weeks.

Hull City boss Liam Rosenior said the club were considering an appeal following the game at Hillsborough, with the FA since deeming that Bond had made an error, rescinding the punishment for Morton.

Speaking to Hull Live after the Yorkshire derby loss, the 39-year-old said: “It’s a disappointing one to take, but it’s one where we have to see the overall picture and know we’re still in a really, really strong position. From his angle, I can see why, but it’s not a red card.

“I think everyone in the stadium knows that. Darren’s got a very difficult job and from his perspective where he stood at the time, it looks like Tyler’s gone over the top, but the replay shows he hasn’t and it’s something that will look at appealing because I don’t think any player deserves to miss three games for that.”

Morton has adapted to his time at the MKM Stadium well, starting 18 out of 20 times in the league, scoring two goals, three assists and holding a 90.2% passing accuracy this season.

It is his second campaign in the Championship, following a successful stint at Blackburn Rovers in 2022/23.

Writer’s View

It is welcome news to see Tyler Morton back and available for Hull City. It was a very harsh and controversial decision to dismiss the Liverpool loanee in the game, but referees cannot get every single decision correct, as Rosenior said following the match at Hillsborough. Morton is a key figure in the Tigers’ squad, only missing six league games all season.

He comes back into the squad at a vital time for the club. Both John Michael Seri and Adama Traore are travelling to the African Cup of Nations, so having as many players as possible is a necessity until the pair come back from international duty. Morton will slot back into the starting lineup for the FA Cup against a managerless Birmingham, their first match in the competition this season, and one decade on from their final appearance against Arsenal.

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