Preston North End have today confirmed that defender Darnell Fisher has won his appeal against his red card against West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies coasted to a 2-0 win over Preston on Tuesday night, with Hal Robson-Kanu and Jake Livermore both scoring in the first half, leaving Preston with a mountain to climb.
North End’s cause wasn’t exactly helped in the second half, as defender Fisher was given a straight red card for what looked to be a forceful challenge on ex-PNE ace Callum Robinson.
Alex Neil suggested that Preston would be appealing the verdict, seemingly feeling that the challenge didn’t quite merit a red card; it wasn’t over the top of the ball, it wasn’t too out of control, it wasn’t incredibly late.
It seemed a little like a challenge that was on the border of yellow and red, and with that in mind, Preston launched their appeal ahead of Saturday’s trip to take on Fulham.
Now, North End have confirmed that the appeal has been successful, and his three-match ban has been rescinded immediately.
📝 #pnefc have been successful in the appeal of Darnell Fisher's red card.
Following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal, his three-match suspension has been removed with immediate effect.
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) February 27, 2020
Fisher will now be available for the trip to Fulham, and is likely to start at right back – especially having been given something of a rest with that red card in midweek.
Fans may have been worried about Tom Clarke starting at right back given his recent issues there, but Fisher’s availability surely rules out that prospect now.
Fisher even took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to post a couple of emojis, seemingly suggesting that he felt the right decision was reached.
— Darnell Fisher (@DarnellFisher) February 27, 2020