The Football Association (FA) have confirmed that Cesar Azpilicueta’s red card on Sunday has now been overturned.
Chelsea appealed the sending off in the latter stages of their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday evening and they have been successful in doing so.
The red card was for violent conduct, which means Azpilicueta would have served a three-game suspension at the start of the 2021/22 season, with it being the final match of the 2020/21 campaign, but that is no longer the case.
A statement from the FA’s spokesperson read: “An independent Regulatory Commission has removed Cesar Azpilicueta’s three-match suspension following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.
“The Chelsea FC defender was dismissed for violent conduct during the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa FC on Sunday (23/05/21).”
The 31-year-old was getting up from the floor and collided with Jack Grealish, who went down holding his face.
After the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel shared his unhappiness with what he had seen from Stuart Attwell.
Tuchel said: “Maybe I was not surprised in the end that it was a red card for us and players from Aston Villa get away with (no punishment).”
The Spanish defender was always eligible for this weekend’s Champions League final, with the red card happening in a domestic fixture, which doesn’t affect European ties.
Azpilicueta will likely be part of Tuchel’s defence for the clash in Portugal against Manchester City – with the Blues aiming to win their first Champions League trophy since 2012.
The former Marseille defender moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 – meaning he missed Chelsea’s European triumph by just a few months, so he will be determined to add a continental tournament to his major honours list.
Source by Football London