By Chris Heath: Stoke City’s appeal against the red card given to Rory Delap in the FA Cup win at Crawley Town has been successful.
The Football Association’s three-man Independent Regulatory Commission decided to rescind the red card, given to Delap for a one-footed challenge on Crawley Town defender David Hunt.
Even though referee Mike Jones awarded a throw in for the tackle, fourth official Lee Probert intervened and Delap received his marching orders.
Potters defender Robert Huth, still serving a three-match ban for a straight red against Sunderland, said on Twitter: “I totally agree with the red card being rescinded!
“Nice one Rory. Bring on Thursday.”
But assistant manager David Kemp fears the game is being turned into a non-contact sport.
“If this continues, somebody is going to ruin a great game,” he told The Sentinel.
“We have referees who haven’t played the game implementing rules given to them by people who don’t know the game. Ask any professional and they don’t agree with what’s happening.
“This is professional sport at the highest level. It’s not just about producing skill, it’s about producing skill when somebody is trying to stop you.”
Delap is now available for Stoke City’s Barclays Premiership matches against Swansea, Norwich and Chelsea.
Stoke City held a training session today (February 22) at Clayton Woods before flying out to Valencia for their Europa League return leg match tomorrow night.