English Premiership

Spurs overturn Kaboul's red

2014-03-11 20:26
Younes Kaboul (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul has succeeded with an appeal against his dismissal in his side's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old was shown a straight red card after he was adjudged to have tripped Samuel Eto'o in the second half of the Premier League game, with Eden Hazard scoring the subsequent penalty to put Chelsea 2-0 up.

The Frenchman stood to miss his side's home game against north London rivals Arsenal this Sunday, but he will now be available to play after the FA rescinded his red card.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Tuesday), a claim of wrongful dismissal concerning Tottenham Hotspur's Younes Kaboul was upheld," read a statement on the FA website.

"Kaboul was dismissed for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during the game against Chelsea on 8 March 2014.

"The player's one-match suspension has therefore been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Speaking after the game, Spurs manager Tim Sherwood was critical of referee Michael Oliver's decision to penalise Kaboul.

"I appreciate the referees have a very tough job, but that one went against us," he said.

"I think it's a soft decision.

"I think it's not a penalty.

"It's a shame the referee didn't get the chance to look at it again."

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