LONDON: Sunderland George McCartney had the red card he received in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City rescinded by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday. Referee Steve Tanner
ruled that McCartney had pulled back Shaun Wright-Phillips when the City winger was through on goal. McCartney will be available to play against former club West Ham at Upton Park on April 4. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s red card received during Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool was also overturned. Friedel was sent-off at Anfield for bringing down Liverpool striker Fernando Torres inside the area. — AFP
Torino hire Camolese
ROME: Relegation-threatened Serie A club Torino rehired Giancarlo Camolese as coach on Tuesday in a desperate bid to avoid relegation after they sacked Walter Novellino. Camolese guided Torino to 11th place in Serie A in the 2001-02 season, their best position in the past 10 years, before leaving. Torino are presently two points adrift of safety after Novellino failed to revive their fortunes when he took over at the beginning of December from Gianni De Biasi.
Aussies call Djite
SYDNEY: Turkey-based striker Bruce Djite has been added to Australia’s squad ahead of next week’s 2010 World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan in Sydney, Football Federation Australia said on Wednesday. Djite, who plays for Genclerbirligi in Turkey, has made seven
appearances for his country since his debut in 2008. Australia lead Asia Group 1 with 10 points ahead of Japan (8), Bahrain (4), Qatar (4) and Uzbekistan (1). Australia will play Uzbekistan on April 1. — AFP