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Chelsea Appeals Lampard Red

  • Guardian, Monday, February 2, 2009 2:45 PM
The English FA has received an appeal from Chelsea against midfielder Frank Lampard's sending off in Sunday's 2-0 loss at Liverpool. The player was given a straight red card by referee Mike Riley for a challenge on Xabi Alonso and faces a three-match ban.
 
Television replays showed that Lampard clearly played the ball, and that he went for the challenge with no intent other than to win the ball. Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said Lampard should not have been dismissed. "I do not want to criticize the referee, all I ask is that he looks at the video with the men from the FA," he said. "If they agree that Lampard did not commit a foul for his red card, maybe they will change the decision."
 
However, video evidence may also incriminate Chelsea's fullback Jose Bosingwa, who escaped punishment for kicking Yossi Benayoun. "What Bosingwa did was not correct, he made a mistake," said Scolari. "But if he is punished when the FA look at the video, maybe they will change the decision over Lampard." Bosingwa apologized for his actions, citing the frustration of losing "big games."

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