Gibson and Cole reds rescinded

Thu, Dec 27, 2012, 00:00

Soccer:Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole have seen their red cards rescinded in last Saturday's match between West Ham and Everton.

Gibson was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor for a high challenge on Mark Noble in Everton's 2-1 win at Upton Park, a game that also saw West Ham striker Carlton Cole sent off for a challenge on Leighton Baines.

Everton lodged their appeal with the Football Association on Christmas Eve, meaning Gibson was able to face Wigan on Boxing Day, and announced on their website on Thursday that the dismissal had been quashed at a hearing.

It means the former Manchester United player will not face a three-match ban.

Cole has also seen West Ham's appeal over his red card upheld by the FA. He was ordered off for a challenge on Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

The striker will be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Reading.

A statement from the FA said: "The FA can confirm that red cards shown to both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have been rescinded.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, December 22nd.

"Their three-match suspensions have been withdrawn immediately and written reasons will be provided at a later date."

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