Goalkeeper Roy Carroll will not serve suspension after red card rescinded

Linfield goalkeeper Roy Carroll was angry to receive a straight red card from referee Tim Marshall in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Glenavon
Linfield goalkeeper Roy Carroll has had his red card against Glenavon rescinded after an "obvious error"
Irish Premiership - Sportsound Special
Fixtures: Ballymena United v Linfield; Glenavon v Crusaders Date: Tuesday, 8 November Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster 1341 MW from 19:30 GMT

Linfield goalkeeper Roy Carroll is free to play in Tuesday's Premiership game against Ballymena after the red card he received on Saturday was rescinded.

Carroll was sent-off for allegedly spitting at an opponent during the dramatic 2-2 draw with Glenavon.

Referee Tim Marshall subsequently told the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee that the decision was incorrect.

The Committee decided that "the player should not serve any suspension" as "an obvious error had occurred."

A statement from the IFA indicated that the organisation had taken advice from Fifa and had come to its conclusion "following consideration of the issues" and "in light of the unusual circumstances".

Carroll had been due to sit out the match at the Showgrounds because of an automatic one-game ban which followed his dismissal at Mourneview Park.

Referee Marshall is understood to have reviewed footage of the incident before contacting the IFA to make them aware of the mistake.

Nine-man Linfield also had Matthew Clarke sent-off in the early stages of the match in Lurgan, but then fought back from 2-0 down to earn an unlikely draw.

Roy Carroll has been capped 44 times by Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United between 2001 and 2005
Roy Carroll has been capped 44 times by Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United between 2001 and 2005

Ballymena and Linfield are tied for second place, six points behind leaders Crusaders, who face Glenavon in another re-arranged game at Mourneview Park.

Sky Blues manager David Jeffrey, who won 31 trophies during a 17-year managerial career with Linfield, has already beaten his former team 4-1 in the quarter-finals of this season's NI League Cup.

"That's history," said Jeffrey.

"Linfield are very much going for the title, that's where their focus will be.

"I probably know that better than anybody.

"They're a formidable outfit and we will have to be at our very best to get anything out of the game."

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Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton says too many players 'doing their own thing'

Glenavon players 'doing own thing' - Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has called on his players to start following instructions after their failure to beat nine-man Linfield led to them slipping to 12 points off the pace.

"We can perform that way we know we can if they do what we are telling them on the pitch, like they did last year when they had a lot of success," Hamilton told BBC Sport Northern Ireland.

"This year for some reason at times, people are doing their own things. It doesn't take a genius to work out that we are not getting the same success.

"Hopefully it will sink in sooner or later and people listen a bit more."

Crusaders will be without the suspended Declan Caddell while injured pair Matthew Snoddy (ankle) and Philip Lowry (hand) are also missing.

Caddell's absence could mean a start for David Cushley while Jordan Forsythe and Gavin Whyte will both be available after missing the win over Coleraine.