Chelsea have attempted to overturn John Terry’s red card by launching an appeal to the Football Association, reports the Daily Mail.
The club captain was sent off by referee Kevin Friend in the 67th minute of the Blues’ 4-1 victory over Peterborough United in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Terry was punished with a straight red for a challenge on striker Lee Angol, who was charging towards the goal when the Chelsea defender tackled.
After the game, the former England skipper took to Instagram to defend his actions, insisting that the match official was wrong to send him off.
What a great feeling being back on the pitch today,albeit only for 67 mins after my red card which I will be appealing and hope the FA and the ref will look at it and realise I didn't touch @leeangol. Great win for the boys and Into the next round of the FA Cup. Well done @_pedro17_ ⚽️⚽️ @mbatshuayi ⚽️ @willianborges88 ⚽️ Congratulations @kurtzouma on your comeback mate ???? great to have you back. @chelseafc
It appears as though the club agrees with him as they have reportedly taken their case to the FA in an attempt to squash a suspension for the captain.
The Daily Mail claims that a hearing into the sending-off is likely to be held at some point today.
Antonio Conte’s side have been coping without Terry this season, though, as the 36-year-old has only managed eight appearances in all competitions due to injury problems.
Since the beginning of September, the centre-back, who has started four Premier League matches this season, has played just six minutes of top-flight action.
After Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, Terry has not been particularly missed, with Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta operating at the back.
The West London outfit also matched the league record by winning 13 games on the trot during Terry’s absence.