Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

on sale Today

West Ham striker has red-card overturned

15:41 27 December 2012

West Ham United

West Ham United's Carlton Cole (right, number 9) reacts as he is shown the red card by referee Anthony Taylor (left)

EMPICS Sport

Hammers front man Carlton Cole will be free to play against Reading on Saturday after his sending off was rescinded by an FA Disciplinary panel

West Ham striker Carlton Cole will take his place in the Hammers line-up for Saturday’s clash with Reading at the Madejski Stadium after his red card against Everton last week was overturned.

Both Cole and Everton’s Darron Gibson were sent off for high challenges during the 2-1 defeat for the Hammers, but after an appeal this afternoon, the FA Disciplinary Panel overturned both decisions.

Referee Anthony Taylor wielded his red card after 67 minutes of the clash at Upton Park, following Cole’s challenge on Leighton Baines, before appearing to even things up in the 90th minute when Gibson was sent off for a similar challenge on West Ham’s Mark Noble.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce blamed the referee for the defeat against Everton and after the FA’s decision, he was satisfied with the outcome.

“I am delighted that we have probably got a bit of justice as it deserved to be turned around. There was never any doubt in my mind. While you can say the foot was high, it was a genuine attempt and Carlton kept his eye on the ball. It’s a really good outcome for us,” said the manager.

“The way he is playing at the moment, he would have been a massive loss for us. He’s been outstanding up front for us since Andy Carroll got injured and we didn’t want to miss a player of so much importance for these three very important games - Reading away, Norwich City at home and a big FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United.

An FA statement confirmed: “The FA can confirm that red cards shown to both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have been rescinded. Both players were sent from the field of play in the Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Everton at Upton Park on Saturday 22 December. Their three match suspensions have been withdrawn immediately and written reasons will be provided at a later date.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

28 minutes ago
Upminster's Nick Ison has drawn up a special graph to check player performance

Upminster blogger Nick Ison looks at statistics

Billy Gordon
29 minutes ago
Paul McCallum has joined Leyton Orient following his release from West Ham (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO).

New O’s forward ready to take his opportunity under old boss Ian Hendon

Ian Hendon
11:18
Ashley Birks of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Double blow for Elite League outfit

Elite League
10:00
Buckhurst Hill under-16s won the Cassells Cup last season (pic: essexfa.com)

Latest news from the Essex FA

Facebook

Most read sport

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder