FA Rescind Red Cards and Suspensions to Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

David Moyes and Sam Allardyce will be slightly happier managers this evening after two of their players successfully appealed against red cards handed out in the recent Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Everton.

Carlton Cole was sent off for the Hammers after scoring the opening goal of the match, for a high foot which caught Leighton Baines.

Referee Anthony Taylor decided it was worthy of a straight red card, much to the bemusement of pretty much the entire watching population—and had to follow it up with a second incorrect decision near the end of the match when Everton midfielder Darron Gibson produced a similar high-footed challenge.

Neither Allardyce nor Moyes were impressed after the game, as indicated in Moyes' post-match press conference in which he stated his belief that "most people would look at the incident and think it was worth the appeal."

The West Ham manager also stated after the game that he would certainly be appealing, per BBC's website:

His eyes are completely focused on the ball when Leighton has come in from the blind side. It was how quick the referee got the red card out. He couldn't wait. He didn't deliberate over it. I didn't think Gibson's was a red card either. It had a massive effect but we will appeal immediately.

Both players faced three-game suspensions for their sendings off but will now be free to play in the next round of league games; West Ham visit Reading on Saturday while Everton host Chelsea a day later.

It is thought to be the first time in England that a referee has had two of his red card decisions overruled from the same game.