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Friedel’s given an Anfield red reprieve

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has had the red card he received in Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool rescinded by the Football Association.

The American was sent off after 63 minutes of the 5-0 drubbing at Anfield after he was adjudged have brought down Fernando Torres after the striker burst through on goal.

Villa’s appeal was upheld yesterday, meaning Friedel will be available for their next Barclays Premier League game at Manchester United on April 5.

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