Aston Villa defender Chris Herd wins red card appeal

Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has won his appeal against his red card in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

As a result the three-match suspension the 22-year-old would have faced for violent conduct has been withdrawn.

Herd was sent off by Phil Dowd after an incident involving Jonas Olsson.

Herd said: "I'm very happy with the decision and I feel vindicated because I was convinced all along I had done nothing wrong."

"My foot was being held by a West Brom player and I was just trying to free it from his grasp. I'm grateful and glad that the appeal committee reached the right decision."

On Monday Villa manager Alex McLeish said: "Looking at the pictures again, Chris has done nothing wrong.

"It's a poor decision on the day by the official. These things are not deliberate, he's made an honest mistake, it's just a shame I think that he's guessed the decision rather than saw anything."

A statement on the Football Association website read: "Aston Villa's Chris Herd has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld.

"As a result, the three-match suspension handed to him has been withdrawn. Herd had originally received a red card for violent conduct against West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on Saturday 22 October."

The Australian Under-20 international will now be available for Villa's match at Sunderland on Saturday.