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Konchesky appeal succeeds

Leicester full-back Paul Konchesky's red card against Aston Villa on Sunday has been rescinded.

The 33-year-old was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson following a clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton in the Foxes' 2-1 defeat at Villa Park.

A Football Association statement read: "Leicester City's Paul Konchesky, who was dismissed for violent conduct in the game against Aston Villa on December 7, 2014 will not serve a suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson appeared reluctant to appeal against the sending-off when he spoke about it in Sunday's post-match press conference.

''It's difficult to have a decision like that rescinded in all honesty," he said.

''I think it would lack a bit of class for me to ask for retrospective action against another manager's player.

''When moments pass you by in games officials are there to do a job, to do it as best they can.

''I can understand because of how it looked - it was because he was pushed away and they kept in contact. In the initial contact I don't think Paul was the instigator.

''It's easy to be over critical. I don't want to get into a debate about getting other players sent off."

However, the club took the decision to contest the three-match ban and it has now been successfully overturned, leaving Konchesky free to play, starting against Manchester City on Saturday.

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