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Hull City's George Boateng Wins Red Card Appeal

HULL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  George Boateng of Hull City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at the KC Stadium on February 6, 2010 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IFebruary 12, 2010

Hull City's George Boateng has won his appeal against the red card he received for leading with his elbow in the 1-0 loss to Blackburn last weekend.

Boateng, who has become one of the Tigers' leaders during this season's campaign, was involved in a clash of heads with Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen. Match referee Lee Probert waited for both players to recover from the incident before brandishing the card.

On the replays it clearly showed that, contrary to Probert's observation, Boateng had not made contact with Pedersen with his elbow.

The Hull City management team decided to appeal almost instantly, but news that Boateng has won his appeal will be a great fillip for the club as they look forward to a crucial away tie at Upton Park with West Ham next Saturday.

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