STEPHEN Gleeson’s outrageous sending off against Peterborough on Sunday has been rescinded by the FA and he can now play in Dons’ play-off semi final second leg on Thursday night.
The Irish midfielder’s challenge on Posh defender Mark Little was clearly outside the penalty area, although a penalty was awarded and Gleeson was sent off for being the last man, despite three Dons defenders back covering.
Following a ‘constructive chat’ with referee Jon Moss after Dons’ 3-2 victory, boss Karl Robinson lodged an official appeal to the decision on Monday. And today the club heard that the FA considered the sending off and had seen sense, rescinding the red card and suspension, freeing Gleeson to play at London Road, and hopefully the final at Old Trafford.
Robinson said: “It’s great news. I thought he was outstanding on Sunday.
“We lost Peter Leven to injury, Mark Carrington and Luke Howell with the budget cuts in January, and Didi Hamann, and now Gleeson. So my five central players I had at the beginning of the season are gone! It’s scary! But that’s life sometimes.
“It’s a massive blow for our preparation. If we’d have known on Tuesday morning, we could have prepared our set-pieces and positioning differently.
“We all felt the FA would make the correct decision and I’m glad that it’s gone through the right avenues. People can make mistakes in every walk of life and a mistake has been made, but it has been rectified which is great.
“Stephen has been in fantastic form all season and he deserves his chance to help get this club into the final.”