Belfast Telegraph

Feghouli free to face City as Fernandinho's ban upheld

By Robert Jones

Sofiane Feghouli has had the red card awarded to him in West Ham's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United overturned and is now available to play against Manchester City in tomorrow night's FA Cup third round tie - but City's Fernandinho will miss out after his appeal against a four-match ban was rejected.

The midfielder was sent off for serious foul play after a tackle on Johann Berg Gudmundsson in City's 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.

City had been hoping to have the ban overturned but the Football Association announced it had dismissed the club's 'wrongful dismissal' appeal, with the player serving a four-match suspension rather than the standard three on account of it being his second red card of the season.

Feghouli, meanwhile, was harshly dismissed just 14 minutes into West Ham's defeat to United following a 50-50 tackle with Phil Jones.

But the Hammers appealed and the three-game ban was overturned.

While they will be able to count on Algerian winger again, it doesn't change the result which boss Slaven Bilic feels was swayed by the early decision.

He said: "It was Jones who made a more dangerous tackle than Feghouli, like a scissor. He got the ball, but that was dangerous.

"Maybe his reaction was to save himself, but it was definitely not a red card."

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