James wins red card appeal

Robins keeper free to feature in crucial Palace clash

James: Successful appeal

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Bristol City goalkeeper David James is available to face Crystal Palace after winning his appeal against the red card he was shown on Saturday.

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The former England international was sent off in stoppage-time during the Robins' 4-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough.

James was deemed to have fouled Cameron Park and referee Darren Drysdale awarded a penalty that Leroy Lita converted to complete the scoring.

City felt three defenders had got back to cover so a straight red card was too harsh, and the FA's disciplinary panel has agreed by upholding the appeal.

James, 40, had been set for an immediate one-match ban but can now be selected for Saturday's trip to Selhurst Park.

That is a welcome boost for 17th-placed City as victory for third-bottom Palace would see them go within three points of the Robins.