Fyfe 'shouldn't have copped red card'

January 19, 2010

Adelaide United defender Iain Fyfe has escaped suspension after the A-League's match review panel found he was incorrectly shown a red card in Tuesday night's loss to Perth.

Fyfe was sent off in the 61st minute of the match at Hindmarsh Stadium for impeding Socceroos striker Mile Sterjovski while the home side was leading 2-0.

The send off changed the game dramatically with Glory captain Jacob Burns scoring from the ensuing freekick and Perth going on to win 3-2.

The panel found referee Ben Williams made an error in sending off Fyfe for "denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity" and overturned the red card.

It means Fyfe will not have to serve the mandatory one-match suspension and is free to play in Saturday night's match against Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

But that will serve as little consolation to Aurelio Vidmar's last-placed side, which had badly needed a win against the Glory to revive their hopes of making the finals.