Kompany ban overturned by FA.
Manchester City have been boosted by the news that Vincent Kompany’s ban has been overturned by the FA, according to The Daily Mail.
The Manchester club appealed the decision by Mike Dean to award the Belgium international a red-card for his two-footed challenge in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal.
The news has left the referee’s management team furious for failing to back Dean, who dismissed the defender for serious foul play.
It is unclear at this stage whether the card has been downgraded to a yellow, or rescinded completely.
An FA statement confirmed ‘An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany. The defender was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s match with Arsenal on Sunday 13 January 2013. As a result, Kompany’s three match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.’
The red-card has split opinion amongst fans and pundits. Some consider the player to have fairly challenged for, and won, the ball while others point out the dangerous nature of a tackle involving both feet.
Kompany immediately protested his innocence in the aftermath of the game insisting he will never pull out of a challenge while at the same time never setting out to injure anyone.
Man City will welcome the news as they look to close the gap on rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.
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