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Erceg gets red overturned, will play vs France

Abby Erceg's retirement from New Zealand's national side may not be permanent. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Abby Erceg saw red on Saturday, but her suspension was waived on appeal. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Abby Erceg saw red on Saturday, but her suspension was waived on appeal. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

New Zealand’s Abby Erceg will be available for the Football Ferns group finale against France on Tuesday after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee overturned a straight red card shown to the captain late in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colombia.

Erceg broke the news herself via Twitter.

New Zealand are assured of advancing to the quarterfinals with a draw against France and also have a path should they lose. Erceg, a vital part of the side’s defensive structure in a match that, even if New Zealand lose, keeping it close could be the difference between moving on and going home.

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