Belfast Telegraph

Herd appeal upheld

Aston Villa defender Chris Herd's claim for wrongful dismissal in the Barclays Premier League game against West Brom has been upheld, the Football Association have confirmed.

Herd was shown a red card during the game at Villa Park after an incident involving West Brom's Jonas Olsson.

A statement on the FA website read: "Aston Villa's Chris Herd has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld. As a result, the three-match suspension handed to him has been withdrawn. Herd had originally received a red card for violent conduct against West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on Saturday 22 October."

Herd said: "I'm very happy with the decision and I feel vindicated because I was convinced all along I had done nothing wrong.

"My foot was being held by a West Brom player and I was just trying to free it from his grasp.

"I'm grateful and glad that the appeal committee reached the right decision."

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