Tony Watt’s controversial red card against Motherwell has been downgraded to a caution by the Scottish FA.
Dundee United launched an immediate appeal to the governing body following Watt’s sending off on Saturday for a challenge deemed as serious foul play by referee John Beaton after VAR review.
The incident sparked immediate controversy, with pundits playing down the seriousness of Watt’s challenge.
We can confirm that Tony Watt will be available for Saturday's trip to Celtic Park following a successful appeal of his red card against Motherwell
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) November 2, 2022
After hearing the Tangerines’ appeal at a fast-track hearing on Wednesday, the Scottish FA have now downgraded Watt’s punishment to a yellow card.
As a result, the striker will be available for United’s clash with Celtic on Saturday.
In a statement, United said: “Dundee United can confirm Tony Watt will be available for Saturday’s trip to Celtic Park after a successful appeal of his red card in last Saturday’s fixture v Motherwell.
“Following a fast-track Scottish FA hearing, the sending off Tony received has been rescinded and replaced with a caution.
“Tony was dismissed after a VAR review of his 40th minute challenge with Sean Goss.
“At the time, it was interpreted that Tony has been guilty of Serious Foul Play but this has been downgraded to a caution under the offence ‘Reckless tackles or challenges an opponent.”