Ward Red Card Rescinded

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Nicky Ward has been cleared to play against Perth on Sunday.

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Nicky Ward has been cleared to play against Perth on Sunday.

Ward was shown a straight red card by referee Matt Gillett in the closing stages of the Phoenix 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday, ruling that the player had fouled to prevent a clear scoring opportunity.

The Phoenix appealed, believing the referee had made an error in that there were other defenders between the Jets player and the goal.

The Hyundai A-League match review panel met in Sydney today and upheld the club-s appeal. The red card was rescinded leaving Ward free to play against Perth.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said he was pleased for the player and the club.

Ward will travel with the Phoenix when they leave for Perth on Thursday.