Agbonlahor will be available on Boxing Day after Villa’s appeal was upheld…
The FA have confirmed that Aston Villa’s appeal over Gabriel Agbonlahor’s red card against Manchester United has been upheld.
The striker will now be available for the Villain’s next game against Swansea on Boxing Day.
He was the second Villa player to be sent off in a week, after Keiran Richardson was sent off in their 1-0 defeat to West Brom last week.
Agbonlahor was sent off for competing in a 50-50 with Ashley Young in the 1-1 draw, and Villa were forced to play the remaining 25 minutes with ten men – although they could have won the game at the death.
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Referee Lee Mason sent the striker off for use of excessive force, but upon reviewing the incident, the FA have decided that Aston Villa were correct to complain about the decision.
“From there I stood there is no way that’s a red card. The two of them went in fairly I think, no studs raised or anything,” Villa manager Paul Lambert was quoted as saying about the challenge in the Telegraph.
However Villa have been charged with failiing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the game, after several of them surrounded the referee to complain about Agbonlahor’s red.
The club has until 6pm on 30 December 2014 to respond to the charge.