Rotherham United striker free to play after red card at Sheffield Wednesday is overturned

Rotherham United will have Michael Smith available to them against Brentford this weekend after having the red card picked up against Sheffield Wednesday overturned.

By Chris Holt
Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:15 pm

The Millers striker was sent off in the second half after a tangle with Wednesday defender Julian Börner at Hillsborough, in a match that the visitors would go on to win, thanks to a goal with the last kick by Freddie Ladapo.

Rotherham confirmed on their website that they had appealed the red card given to Smith, sending footage to the independent Regulatory Commission and subsequently the decision was overturned.

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

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Rotherham United's Michael Smith (centre) reacts as he is shown a red card against Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough. Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.

"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.”

Rotherham’s win on Wednesday night took them to within three points of fourth-bottom Birmingham and with two games in hand over the Blues.

Wednesday, who play Reading on Saturday, are second bottom, four points off the Millers, though the Owls do have a game in hand over their neighbours.