Hutton ban reduced by FA

Sunderland defender will now only miss one game

Hutton: Ban reduced

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Sunderland defender Alan Hutton has seen his three-game suspension reduced to one match on appeal.

The Scotland international, who is on loan with the Wearside club from Tottenham, received a straight red card following a touchline clash with Jozy Altidore just before the interval in Saturday's 1-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Hutton and his club felt the punishment was too harsh and launched an appeal to the Football Association, with an independent regulatory commission finding in his favour.

He will now only sit out Sunday's home clash with title-chasing Manchester United before being free to face Wolves at Molineux on the final day of the season


An FA statement said: "An independent regulatory commission today heard a claim for excessive punishment from Sunderland AFC in relation to Alan Hutton's dismissal against Hull City on April 24, 2010.

"Following his dismissal for violent conduct in the fixture, a commission has found the claim upheld and has reduced the sanction to a one-match suspension to begin with immediate effect."

Hutton was dismissed, along with Altidore, by referee Lee Probert at the end of the first half on Saturday.

The full-back threw the ball at the American after a rugged challenge on the sideline, and the striker reacted furiously, thrusting his head into Hutton's face.