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Lampard wins appeal over red card

Frank Lampard
Lampard was unfortunate to see red for an apparent lunge at Alonso

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has won his appeal against the red card he received in Sunday's 2-0 loss to Liverpool and will not serve any ban.

Lampard was dismissed in the second half for a challenge on Xabi Alonso.

Team-mate Jose Bosingwa will not face any action for stamping on the back of Yossi Benayoun in the same match.

The Portuguese was not punished at the time and because the assistant referee admitted seeing it, the Football Association cannot review the incident.

Late in the game Bosingwa appeared to lunge one-footed into Benayoun's back but the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Riley.

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But because his post-match report revealed that assistant Mo Matadar did see the event, under Fifa law, the FA cannot now take disciplinary action.

"What Bosingwa did was not correct, he made a mistake," said Scolari.

Bosingwa was quick to apologise for the incident: "I apologise for what I did and it was never my intention to hurt him.

"I know it was wrong and I apologise. It's always frustrating to lose big games and especially in this way.

"It was important to get points and not let Manchester United go. That didn't happen, so we are upset, but now we have to think about the next game."

Scolari bemused by Lampard red card

The result leaves Chelsea five points behind leaders Manchester United having also played a game more.

Lampard is now free to play in league games against Hull and Aston Villa, with an FA Cup match with Watford in between.

It is the second time in 10 months that he has won an appeal against a red card.

He was sent off against West Ham in March last year and had that overturned, too.



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