Aston Villa's Brad Friedel has red card rescinded at Liverpool

24 March 2009 03:57
The American was set for a ban after being given his marching orders when Fernando Torres took a tumble in the area to win a penalty. Steven Gerrard duely dispatched the resulting kick for Liverpool's fifth goal.[LNB]The successful appeal means he is cleared to take part in Aston Villa's next match against Manchester United on April 5. [LNB] Related ArticlesNil-nil back in fashionO'Neill: Villa can survive sticky periodAgbonlahor defiant despite crowd hostilityFrank Lampard red card rescinded by FAManchester United can still ruin Rafa Benitezs wonderlandChelsea appeal Lampards West Ham dismissal37-year-old Friedel was adjudged by referee Martin Atkinson to have brought Torres down, when it appeared he was attempting to move out of the way. [LNB]Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill disagreed with the decision and said: 'I've seen the sending off from a better angle and, from Brad's point of view, I don't think he's gone out and made a deliberate attempt to upend him.[LNB]'In fact, quite the opposite. When Torres touched the ball on, Brad realised he wasn't going to get it and actually made himself smaller.'[LNB]Aston Villa have dropped to fifth position after allowing Arsenal to overtake them and go three points clear, and will be grateful to have Friedel reporting for duty. [LNB]The clash at Old Trafford will provide a stern test for O'Neill's men as they seek to get their season back on track. [LNB]United's title credentials will be heavily scrutinised by playing a side that Liverpool so comprehensively beat. [LNB][LNB] 

Source: Telegraph