Rotherham United win appeal over Michael Smith's red card against Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham United have won their appeal over Michael Smith’s straight red card in their dramatic win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Rotherham United's Michael Smith (centre) reacts as he is shown a red card.

The centre-forward had scored the only goal of the game when he went in for a challenge with Julian Borner midway through the second half. There appeared to be minimal contact between the pair after the challenge but in the eyes of a well-placed Darren Bond, it was worthy of a straight red card which would have meant Smith missed Saturday’s game at Brentford, plus matches at Luton Town and at home to relegation rivals Coventry City.

The Owls equalised through a Matthew Olosunde own goal but Rotherham won the game with a goal from substitute centre-forward Freddie Ladapo in the seventh added minute.

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“Smith’s three-match suspension has been removed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal,” said a Millers statement.

“The club collated footage of the incident to be considered for an appeal of wrongful dismissal and submitted the claim on Thursday morning.

“The three-match ban that Smith was set to serve as a result of the incident will now no longer be imposed, making him available for selection for Rotherham United’s trip to Brentford this weekend.”

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