Doncaster Rovers: Club successful with Meite appeal

Abdoulaye Meite
Abdoulaye Meite

The Football Association have overturned the red card Abdoulaye Meite received at Millwall, clearing the defender to play in Rovers’ final two games of the season.

The centre half was controversially sent off at Millwall on Monday and was in line for a ban which would have ruled out him of the vital two games against Reading and Leicester.

But Rovers lodged an appeal against the decision, citing ‘wrongful dismissal’ and were given a swifty positive response.

The FA panel can only overturn a red card if it can be proved there was an ‘obvious error.’

Boss Paul Dickov was furious with referee Frederick Graham’s decision to dismiss Meite for an apparent foul on Millwall striker Stefan Maierhofer.

After the goalless draw, he said: “It’s not a sending off.

“Ian Holloway (Millwall boss) hit the nail on the head at the time when he said it’s debatable whether it’s a yellow.

“I was told by the fourth official at the time it was six studs in his chest but it was no where near his chest.

“In a game of that magnitude, it’s the wrong decision.”