West Ham striker Cole and Everton midfielder Gibson reprieved by FA.
West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Everton’s Darron Gibson have both had their suspensions quashed after the pair were sent off in the Toffees’ 2-1 Premier League victory at Upton Park.
Striker Cole was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor for a high challenge on Leighton Baines, while former Man United midfielder Gibson also saw red for a similar challenge on Mark Noble.
Everton appealed against Gibson’s three-match ban on Christmas Eve and announced on their official website on Thursday that the dismissal had been overturned at an FA hearing.
Cole has also seen West Ham’s appeal over his red card upheld by the FA, meaning he will be available for Saturday’s Premier League match against Reading.
A statement from the FA said: “The FA can confirm that red cards shown to both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have been rescinded.
“Both players were sent from the field of play in the Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Everton at Upton Park on Saturday 22 December.
“Their three-match suspensions have been withdrawn immediately and written reasons will be provided at a later date.”
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