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Tom Huddlestone red card against Norwich rescinded

Huddlestone in red card let-off as Tottenham midfielder escapes ban

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UPDATED:

15:30 GMT, 4 September 2012

Tom Huddlestone has won his fight to get his red card in Tottenham's Barclays Premier League game against Norwich rescinded.

The Football Association announced midfielder Huddlestone's claim for wrongful dismissal in Saturday's 1-1 draw had been upheld and withdrew his three-match ban.

Spurs contested the straight red card shown to the 25-year-old by referee Mark Halsey for a tackle on Jonny Howson late in the game.

Seeing red: Tom Huddlestone has had his dismissal against Norwich reversed by the FA

Seeing red: Huddlestone has had his dismissal against Norwich reversed. The Spurs star was sent off by Mark Halsey for a challenge on Jonny Howson (below)

Huddlestone was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Halsey

A statement from the FA read: 'Tottenham Hotspur’s Tom Huddlestone has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld.

'As a result, the three-match suspension handed to the midfielder has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

'Huddlestone had originally received a
red card for serious foul play in his side’s 1-1 draw at home to
Norwich City on Saturday 1 September 2012.'

Ajax coach wants UEFA to investigate as Lyon go through

“You can”t normally score these goals in half an hour”… Ajax coach shellshocked as Lyon hit seven in amazing win

UEFA have been urged to investigate the astonishing chain of events that saw Lyon qualify for the Champions League last 16.

The French side won 7-1 at Dinamo Zagreb, while Ajax had two goals disallowed on the way to a 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid that saw the Dutch side dumped out of the competition.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has joined calls for UEFA to establish whether their were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the result in Croatia.

Heading through: Bafetimbi Gomis(right) celebrates with Mouhamadou Dabo

Heading through: Bafetimbi Gomis(right) celebrates with Mouhamadou Dabo

Lyon were three points behind Ajax and needed a seven-goal swing to qualify, which was eventually attained with some ease.

Francestriker Bafetimbi Gomis scored a second-half hat-trick in seven minutes- the fastest in the competition’s history – against 10-man Dinamo, whohad little to play for after already being condemned to bottom place inthe group.

Suspicions wereraised when Lisandro Lopez hit Lyon’s fifth and TV cameras appeared to show Dinamo Zagreb’s Domagoj Vida winking and giving the thumbs up to Gomis as the striker tried to collect the ball from him.

Frank de Boer Remi Garde

Tale of two managers: Frank de Boer and Remie Garde

The commentator on Dutch TV noticed the incident, which was quickly dispersed on Twitter with claims of foul play.

To add to the misery, Ajax had goals disallowed for tight offside calls while at 0-0 and 1-0 down against Real Madrid, which would have changed the complexion of the game.

De Boer said afterwards: “If there was something unusual, UEFA should investigate what happened in Zagreb.

Heading out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Ajax

Heading out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Ajax

“My assistants have told me that the goals came quick and easy, because you can’t normally score these goals in half an hour.

‘Destiny was in our own own hands and we had chances to qualify because our game was very even. I will have to see video replays (of the disallowed goals).’

Respected Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has launched a poll asking whether UEFA should investigate, with more than 80 per cent saying yes.

The embarrassing defeat for Dinamo Zagreb saw the club sack manager Krunoslav Jurcic.

Club president Zdravko Mamic said: “I have to say with great sadness that this defeat has been very painful for us. It’s the worst defeat in Dinamo”s history.”

Graham Poll: Jay Spearing had to be sent off

Spearing was out of control! Friend had to give Liverpool midfielder his marching orders

Kevin Friend was right to dismiss Jay Spearing for his lunging challenge on Moussa Dembele despite the fact the Liverpool man played the ball before catching his opponent.

Spearing was out of control of his forward movement and the force at which he caught the Fulham forward led Friend to dismiss him for serious foul play.

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham”s Moussa Dembele before being sent off

The primary concern for a referee is the safety of the players and if a reckless challenge endangers that safety then the player must be sent off.

Looking at the pictures it is hard to disagree that the challenge was reckless and endangered Dembele’s safety. I have long argued that playing the ball does not make a player exempt from disciplinary action; the challenge from Spearing proves that.

Lucky: Philippe Senderos (left) could have been sent off for Fulham

Lucky: Philippe Senderos (left) could have been sent off for Fulham

Liverpool can argue that Fulham should also have been reduced to 10 men as Phillipe Senderos committed two clear cautionable offences. The first was a very good decision from Friend as the Swiss defender brought Charlie Adam down right on the edge of the Fulham penalty area.

It was a close call but a correct one as was the decision to show a yellow card as it was not the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Senderos was later seen on TV to have pulled Andy Carroll back as Liverpool broke forward; had Friend seen that he would have sent Senderos off.

But of course he doesn’t have the luxury of video replays.