Vincent Kompany has had his sending off against Arsenal rescinded by the FA.
The Manchester City captain was shown a red card for a challenge on Jack Wilshere during Sunday’s match.
An FA statement on the outcome of City’s appeal read: “Vincent Kompany’s red card against Arsenal has been overturned.
“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 against Arsenal on Sunday 13 January 2013.
“As a result, Kompany’s three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
Although the tackle seemed to split public opinion (was it a two-footed lunge or self-protection after Wilshere overran the ball?), it’s quite unusual for the FA to go against a referee when so many people backed Mike Riley’s decisions. There’s been many red cards upheld with more widespread condemnation of the decision, shall we say.
Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s appeal on the grounds that he was merely cuddling Edin Dzeko has been thrown out.