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Surprise, surprise, Chelsea lose Cole appeal

It comes as no great surprise to hear through The Guardian that Chelsea have failed in their bid to have Ashley Cole’s one-match suspension overturned. The England defender was sent off against Aston Villa on Boxing Day after a last-minute ‘handball’ and it seems Blues manager Avram Grant is starting to lose faith with the appeals system.

“If it’s for nothing, I’ll have to think about it [appealing again in future],” said Grant when asked what his attitude would be if Cole’s appeal was rejected. “I’m not saying the referee was dishonest. I said I expect him and his assistant, at the appeal, to be honest. They thought Ashley saved the ball with his hand. It was his head.

“They are human beings and they can admit they were wrong, like Ricardo Carvalho did [for his foul on Agbonlahor in the same game]. Now I hear people are saying the ball hit him on the head to chest and then maybe touched his hand. So is it an anatomy lesson now? It’s like an animal, this ball.”

Does Grant have a point about Cole’s red card or is it yet another case of sour grapes from the Chelsea camp? They have now unsuccessfully appealed three times this season against dismissals – perhaps it’s time to take a look in the mirror?

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