Final pair launch appeals

26 February 2007 06:05
The Football Association has confirmed that it has received claims for wrongful dismissal from both Arsenal and Chelsea following the red cards Emmanuel Adebayor and John Obi Mikel received in Sunday's ill-tempered Carling Cup Final. Both players were sent off for violent conduct in the closing stages of Chelsea's 2-1 victory at the Millennium Stadium. Frank Lampard, Kolo Toure and Mikel were involved in an ugly spat which ended with three red cards and two yellows - plus both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in the centre circle. Mikel, Toure and Gunners substitute Adebayor were given their marching orders by referee Howard Webb as the match came to an unsavoury end. Ivory Coast international Toure has said he is sorry for his part in the controversial incident. He insisted: "I apologise for this moment, and I regret my actions. "Chelsea were winning and were starting to waste time, and I was not happy with that, which is why I went to Mikel and had some words with him. "Then Lampard came in and maybe made the thing bigger than it was, but that is part of football."

Source: ESA