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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hopefully Good News for QPR re Lee Camp: Derby's Bywater Wins Part I


Stephen Bywater can play against Luton on Friday after the FA today upheld Derby County's appeal against his sending off at Ipswich last weekend.

However, the goalkeeper now faces a second charge of improper conduct that relates to an alleged incident that took place after being shown a red card along with Ipswich Town's Alex Bruce.

The Rams have until 6pm on Wednesday to appeal against this new charge, for which the likely punishment, if found proved, is not known. Any hearing would take place next Wednesday, April 25.

Today's FA Disciplinary Commission also ruled that Bruce had been wrongfully dismissed. In both cases, the automatic suspension of three matches has been withdrawn, but the dismissal remains on each player's record. Bruce too now faces a second charge of improper conduct.Derby

BBC Mixed ruling for Derby & Ipswich

Ipswich's Alex Bruce and Derby keeper Stephen Bywater have had appeals against red cards upheld - but now face new Football Association charges.

The pair were sent off after squaring up to each other in Ipswich's 2-1 win at Portman Road on Saturday.

They escaped three-match bans but have been charged with improper conduct after clashing on their way off, forcing team-mates to intervene.

Bruce and Bywater have until 6pm on Wednesday to answer the charges.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton said after the incident: "It was handbags. I think two yellow cards would have been the right decision." BBC

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