The ref was wrong… TWICE! Cole and Gibson have harsh red cards from Taylor overturned on appeal by FA
15:39 GMT, 27 December 2012
Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson will be available for their clubs this weekend after both today had red cards rescinded by the FA.
Each player had been sent off by Anthony Taylor in similar circumstances during Everton’s victory at Upton Park last Saturday but David Moyes and Sam Allardyce were instantly united in the opinion that the decisions were wrong.
It is believed to be the first time in English history that a referee has had two of his red cards from the same game wiped out.
Taylor is now set to return in Sunday's live TV match between QPR and Liverpool.
Harsh: Carlton Cole was sent off for raising his boot in a challenge
Cole and Gibson faced the prospect of
each missing three matches after being dismissed for violent conduct for
high challenges against Leighton Baines and Mark Noble respectively.
But West Ham and Everton will breathe a
huge sigh of relief after the FA ruled in favour of the players and
judged Taylor, who was absent from Premier League Boxing Day fixtures,
to have acted incorrectly.
Lunge: Darron Gibson was then dismissed for a similar offence
Cole, who has been in superb form for
West Ham in the absence of injured Andy Carroll, will now travel with
the squad to Reading on Saturday, while Gibson, who is key to Everton’s
midfield, will be free to play at home to Chelsea on Sunday.
Cole scored the opener against Everton
but was then red carded with the scores at 1-1. Allardyce felt the
dismissal changed the game as the hosts lost 2-1. Gibson was sent off in
injury time for a near identical foul.
Blame game: Referee Anthony Taylor was the centre of attention after his decisions which were criticised by both managers
Moyes said after the match: ‘I didn't
think either were red cards and we'll appeal. I'll have a word with Sam
about appealing as well. I thought it was a case of two players honestly
going for the ball.’
Allardyce added: ‘It had a massive
effect but we will appeal immediately. In Carlton's case you are looking
at a player who has put his foot up and you say “Has he meant to do it
Has he done it on purpose” I didn't think Gibson's was a red card
An FA Statement read: 'The FA can confirm that red cards shown to both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have been rescinded.
'Their three match suspensions have been withdrawn immediately and written reasons will be provided at a later date.'
Disgusted: Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were appalled by the decisions
Allardyce welcomed the decision and said justice had been done.
'I am delighted that we have probably got a bit of justice as it deserved to be turned around,' he said.
'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.
'The way he is playing at the moment, he would have been a massive loss for us. He's been outstandnig 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.
'To have him back and available is a big boost for us.'