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Hull striker Oumar Niasse's red card overturned on appeal

Hull's bid to avoid the drop has received a boost after they confirmed their appeal against the red card Oumar Niasse received in the win over Watford was successful.

The on-loan Everton striker had been due to miss the Tigers' next three fixtures after being dismissed by referee Robert Madley on Saturday for a challenge on M'Baye Niang.

However, Hull, who remain just two points above the relegation zone, have announced the decision has been overturned following their appeal to the Football Association.

Niasse received his marching orders midway through the first half at the KCOM Stadium during a 50-50 challenge with Niang when the side of the Hull striker's boot caught the Watford man's shin.

The studs of Niasse's boot were not showing, and the contact appeared minimal, yet Madley brandished the red card, much to the player's disbelief.

Hull boss Marco Silva, who saw his side overcome the loss of their forward to win 2-0 and maintain their two-point cushion over Swansea, declared straight away that his club would challenge Madley's decision.

"Of course, we will appeal," the Portuguese had said.

"I don't want to talk too much (about it) because I respect the work of the referee, it's not easy. We all make mistakes. I make mistakes sometimes, the players, referees as well.

"My feelings during the match were it was a yellow card - if it was a yellow card - and everybody who has seen the replay said it wasn't a red card. One decision was not good to us. The referee gave us problems. We achieved the win, but it wasn't easy."

Hull were set to lose Niasse for three of their final four fixtures but will now have him available for the games against Southampton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old has scored five times in 15 appearances since making the move from Goodison Park in January.

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