Lampard wins red card appeal

04 March 2008 02:08
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has had his red card from Saturday's 4-0 victory at West Ham United rescinded by the Football Association. The England international was dismissed by referee Peter Walton for shoving Luis Boa Morte during the first half at Upton Park. Lampard, who has only previously been sent off once in his career, had earlier scored from the penalty spot against his former club and the Blues were 3-0 up at the time. Chelsea's first-team coach Avram Grant had said after the match: "The assistant referee said that Frank slapped the face of Boa Morte. "If it is true, I think the rule is that it is a red card. If not, maybe someone else needs to get a red card. "I will wait to see it, but if the assistant referee is right, it is a red card. I have not asked Frank about it." Lampard will not now serve a three-match ban and will be available to play in the FA Cup sixth round clash against Barnsley and the Premier League fixtures with Sunderland and Tottenham.

Source: ESA