FA correct West Brom mistaken identity: McAuley red card transferred to team-mate Dawson

first_imgWest Brom defender Craig Dawson will serve a one-match ban after the Football Association confirmed Gareth McAuley’s mistaken red card has been transferred to his Baggies team-mate.Referee Neil Swarbrick sent McAuley off by mistake after Dawson had fouled Wilfried Bony in Albion’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.Swarbrick apologised, via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, immediately after the match and the case of mistaken identity has been accepted by an Independent Regulatory Commission.An FA statement confirmed: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Monday 23 March 2015], a claim of mistaken identity in relation to West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley was successful.“The player was dismissed during the game against Manchester City on Saturday [21 March 2015] for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.“The standard punishment of a one-match suspension has been transferred to Craig Dawson and will be served with immediate effect.”Dawson will miss Albion’s clash with QPR at The Hawthorns on April 4.The incident marked the second time in a matter of weeks that the wrong player has been sent off in a Premier League game, after Roger East dismissed Sunderland’s Wes Brown against Manchester United for an offence committed by fellow United old boy John O’Shea. 1 Referee Neil Swarbrick sends off Gareth McAuley by mistake in West Brom’s clash with Man City on Saturday last_img read more