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Boro's Crooks has ban overturned after winning appeal against Reading dismissal


Matt Crooks (right) was sent off for his challenge for the ball with Reading keeper Luke Southwood in the 87th minute of Middlesbrough's defeat on Saturday
Matt Crooks (right) was sent off for his challenge for the ball with Reading keeper Luke Southwood in the 87th minute of Middlesbrough’s defeat on Saturday

Middlesbrough midfielder Matt Crooks has had a three-match ban overturned after winning an appeal against his red card in Saturday’s defeat by Reading.

Referee Peter Bankes sent Crooks, 27, off for ‘serious foul play’ following his 87th-minute sliding challenge on Royals goalkeeper Luke Southwood.

The club immediately appealed, citing wrongful dismissal, with the Football Association upholding their claim.

Crooks is now available for Tuesday’s fixture against Sheffield United.

Saturday’s 1-0 loss left Boro 18th in the Championship table after only one win in their past seven games.



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