Beye red card overturned

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Newcastle defender Habib Beye is free to play in Saturday's derby clash with Sunderland after an appeal against his red card on Monday evening was upheld.

The Senegal international was dismissed for a professional foul on Manchester City striker Robinho by referee Rob Styles, but the Magpies immediately launched an appeal.

An FA regulatory commission heard the appeal today and found in the player's favour.

A statement said: "At a regulatory commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United defender Habib Beye was upheld.

"As a result, Beye's one-match suspension has been withdrawn."

Beye got a faint touch on the ball as he tackled Robinho just inside the area but referee Styles pointed to the spot and brandished a red card.