Carr red rescinded after Chelsea dismissal

May 9, 2006

Newcastle full-back Stephen Carr is looking forward to the start of next season after his red card in Sunday's victory over Chelsea was rescinded.

Referee Mike Riley dismissed the 29-year-old for a 75th-minute challenge on Lassana Diarra, but the FA's disciplinary committee today overturned the decision, sparing him a four-game ban at the start of the new campaign.

'It's a relief, and I'm obviously happy with the decision of the panel,' Carr told the club's official website.

'At the end of the day, the referee made the decision, he had one look at the incident and decided it was a red card.

'It could have cost us a European place, because after going 1-0 up, the lads had to hang onto that lead a man down.

'That would have made me the villain in the eyes of the fans - what a way that would have been to end the season.

'I would also have been facing a four-game ban at the start of next season. The whole situation was an absolute nightmare and I'm pleased it's been resolved.

'I can't remember much about the incident at the time, but having seen it on TV later that night, I think I was ludicrous to suggest I had stamped on the lad.

'Everyone makes mistakes, but this one could have been very costly for both me and the club, so fair play to the people who have made the decision to overturn the card.'