Fabricio Coloccini’s red card from the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland has been overturned after Newcastle United successfully appealed the decision.

Robert Madley sent the Argentine off just before half-time in the weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby and gave Sunderland a penalty, which Adam Johnson converted, and the 33-year-old was facing an automatic one-match ban. The red card would have meant Coloccini would miss Newcastle’s game against Stoke City this weekend.

After Madley was given a Premier League game to officiate this weekend it looked like the FA would back their man and stick to their policy of not “re-refereeing” decisions that had been made at the time. However, due to the question over whether Coloccini was preventing a clear goal-scoring opportunity, the dismissal has been overturned and Coloccini will be back in the team this weekend.

Newcastle have been charged with failing to control their players though, as a number of Magpies surrounded Madley to protest the decision that shaped the match. In hindsight, those that were aggrieved at the situation have been proved right as the governing body have moved to reverse the decision.

The news does nothing to help Newcastle’s league position though, as they sit 19th in the table ahead of the home game against in-form Stoke this weekend.