Sunderland have confirmed their appeal against Luke O’Nien’s red card has been successful.
The midfielder was handed a three-game ban for his part in an altercation with Ivan Toney, after being sent off for violent conduct during their 3-0 loss against Peterborough United, as reported by The Chronicle.
If the ban had stood, the 25-year-old would have been ruled out of Sunderland’s matches against Accrington Stanley, Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers.
Many Sunderland fans were in disbelief after O’Nien’s dismissal, which made a bad day for Sunderland even worse, before more salt was rubbed into the wounds as Charlie Wyke was sent off for two bookable offences.
There could be a sense of vengeance now the suspension has been overturned, as Toney could be handed a two-game ban for deceiving the referee, as happened to Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford towards the back-end of last season.
O’Nien has been an important player for Sunderland so far this season, playing in five of their matches, recording two assists, averaging 0.8 key passes, 0.8 interceptions, 2 clearances and 5.8 duels won per game, as per SofaScore.
The ban being overturned was definitely the correct decision, as O’Nien was nowhere near connecting with Toney’s face.
It is definitely a boost that O’Nien’s ban has been overturned, as his aforementioned statistics show his well-rounded game, which could be key if the Black Cats are to return to winning ways.
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