Spireites welcome FA’s decision to overturn Brown’s ban

Matty Brown walks off the pitch having seen red against Plymouth by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Plymouth Argyle
Matty Brown walks off the pitch having seen red against Plymouth by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Plymouth Argyle

Chesterfield can breathe a huge sigh of relief after the FA Regulatory Commission agreed to overturn Matty Brown’s red card.

The panel ruled the defender’s sending off against Plymouth Argyle was a case of wrongful dismassal after studying video evidence.

Brown, who was making his debut for the Spireites, was sent off by referee Andy Haines following a challenge on Caolan Lavery, which resulted in a penalty.

It meant Brown would miss Friday’s game at Exeter City but the club felt they had been wronged and lodged an appeal on Monday.

With Liam Cooper suffering from an ankle injury, Sam Hird and captain Ian Evatt were the only senior central defenders on the books for the trip to Exeter.

Teenager Jack Broadhead, fresh from his loan spell at Buxton, was named on a six-man substitutes bench for the game against John Sheridan’s Pilgrims.

Brown is now eligible for Chesterfield’s game at Exeter City on Friday night.