Wolverhampton Wanderers have won their red card appeal on Bakary Sako.

An independent regulatory panel at the FA came to the conclusion that the clash between Wolves winger Bakary Sako and Watford forward Fernando Forestieri was not worthy of a red card for Sako.

This means that Sako is now available for selection.

Video and written evidence was in favour of Wolves’ appeal for the incident which occurred late on in the game. Forestieri fouled Sako, then the winger got up to share words with him and suddenly, the Watford forward fell to the ground clutching on to his face. Sako was then shown an instant red card by the match referee.

The actions of Forestieri had infuriated Wolves fans, players and head-coach Kenny Jackett.

Wolves released a statement quoting: “After appealing the sending off for a confrontation with Fernando Forestieri, Wolves today received confirmation from the FA that the decision has been overturned.”

Kenny Jackett also commented, saying: “We’re delighted Bakary’s red card has been overturned. It’s great news for everyone at the club and we can now look forward to Saturday’s game with him available to us.”

The question that remains is, why did Forestieri do what he did? Only he will know.


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