Berisha's red card rescinded

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Melbourne Victory's appeal that their marquee striker shouldn't have been dismissed has been approved

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha is free to play Wellington Phoenix on Tuesday after the A-League's Match Review Panel (MRP) rescinded his red card.

Berisha was sent off with just over half an hour remaining in Victory's 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar after an assistant referee recommended referee Chris Beath show a red card for an elbow on opponent Luke DeVere.

Replays suggested the contact was minimal and accidental and Victory made an application under the 'Obvious Error (Red Card)' rule.

The independent MRP met on Sunday and approved Victory's application, meaning the red card is expunged from Berisha's record and the 31-year-old forward is available for selection for the Big V's next match.

Speaking after Friday's match, Victory coach Kevin Muscat had declared "as far as I know there are no grounds to appeal" but claimed he hadn't met anyone who agreed with the red card.

The decision is a huge boost for Victory, who have a busy period coming up with trips to Wellington on Tuesday and Perth Glory on Saturday before they host leaders Sydney FC on Australia Day.

Berisha scored his 12th goal of the season against Roar, which leaves him clear at the top of the A-League scoring charts ahead of Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli (11) and Victory team-mate Marco Rojas (10).



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