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Burnley's Duff appeal upheld

Michael Duff is free to play in Burnley's relegation six-pointer at Hull on Saturday after the Football Association rescinded the red card he received against West Ham.

Duff was sent off for tripping Cheikhou Kouyate in the penalty area during Burnley's 1-0 defeat at Upton Park last Saturday.

Referee Jonathan Moss issued a straight red to Duff as he thought West Ham had been denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but there was cover for the Clarets in the box.

The FA confirmed in a statement that the red card had been overturned.

The statement read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Michael Duff.

"The Burnley defender was dismissed in the game against West Ham United on Saturday 2 May 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

"Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Mark Noble scored the penalty Moss awarded in the 23rd minute and Burnley went on to lose their fourth straight match.

The Clarets therefore need to win at the KC Stadium this weekend to keep alive their faint survival hopes.

The Lancashire club are bottom of the table, eight points below 17th-placed Hull with three matches to go.

After Saturday's trip to Hull, Burnley host Stoke and round the season off with a visit to fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa.

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