It appears that the loveable team that go by the name of Chelsea have a half-decent chance of winning their appeal against Frank Lampard’s red card. The midfielder was sent off at Upton Park on Saturday after clashing with the mild-mannered Luis Boa Morte, although The Guardian reports that referee Peter Walton privately admitted that it had all been a horrible mistake.
However, it is understood that Walton has written to Soho Square admitting he made an error and while that evidence is not conclusive, it will carry weight when it is put to the panel. The sending-off cannot be downgraded to yellow – it will remain on Lampard’s record regardless of whether it is rescinded or not – leaving the commission with a simple choice.
Chelsea have had little joy with the FA this season, twice being charged with failing to keep their players under control and also being unsuccessful with trying to get red cards for Michael Essien and Ashley Cole rescinded. Is their fortune about to change for the better?