London - Watford defender Jose Holebas is available for Saturday's FA Cup
final against Manchester City after his red card in the 4-1 home defeat
to West Ham was rescinded.
The 34-year-old was sent off in Watford's final Premier League game
of the season after it was deemed he had pulled back Michail Antonio as
the Hammers forward ran through on goal.
Hornets head coach Javi Gracia said after the game that the club
would appeal and the Football Association announced on Monday Watford
had succeeded in having the sending-off overturned.
"An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of
wrongful dismissal regarding Jose Holebas," an FA statement read.
"The Watford player was sent off against West Ham United in the
Premier League on Sunday for denying an obvious goalscoring
Watford take on Premier League champions City at Wembley in the FA
Cup final, with Pep Guardiola's men chasing an unprecedented domestic
"In my opinion, I can't believe one player will miss the final for
that contact, I can't believe it," Watford boss Gracia had said after
"Maybe it is a foul, soft foul, light foul but I can be angry with that decision."