Pablo Ibanez wins appeal against red card


West Brom defender Pablo Ibanez will be able to play against Manchester City this weekend after the FA rescinded the red card he was handed in Monday's 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was dismissed in the tenth minute of the Bloomfield Road clash when he brought down DJ Campbell in the penalty area.

To rub salt in to Albion's wounds, Charlie Adam slotted home the resulting spot-kick and Roberto di Matteo's side were reduced to nine men before the interval when Gonzalo Jara was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Luke Varney.

However, the FA's independent Regulatory Commission has overturned the decision to dismiss Ibanez after viewing TV replays of the incident.

After the match, di Matteo had said of Ibanez's dismissal"I think it was probably a penalty, but I wouldn't see why it was a sending off. My player didn't tackle him or anything, he was goal-side. So I couldn't see why he was dismissed.

"The second one there is no discussion about it. It was a red card. It was a bad tackle, probably because of the frustration of the first one. He made a challenge that he doesn't really have to.

"It was a magnificent effort from our players, but it was just difficult when you are two men down. It's a big mountain to climb.

"The players handled themselves really well, it's a shame that we conceded the second goal because I fancied us to get a goal. That's what we did at the end and we nearly got the equaliser as well."

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