Aston Villa announce outcome of Lansbury red card appeal
By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa have confirmed that the club has been successful with their appeal against midfielder Henri Lansbury’s red card.
The 26-year-old was shown red by referee James Linington following a foul on midfielder Marvin Johnson during his side’s clash against Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening.
The club announced on Wednesday that they were appealing on the grounds of wrongful dismissal, and Villa announced the outcome on their official Twitter account just 24 hours later.
The initial dismissal meant that the former Arsenal player faced a potential three match ban across domestic competitions.
“We can confirm that the appeal against Henri Lansbury’s red card has been successful and his suspension has been overturned,” said the announcement on Villa’s official Twitter account.
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Lansbury was the second player of the match to be sent off after Middlesbrough man Adama Traore was shown red just four minutes into the game at Villa Park meaning that both sides were equal with ten men each after the 64th minute.
Now that the appeal has been successful, it means that Lansbury will be available for Villa’s upcoming fixtures against Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough again in the EFL Cup in between the two league games.
Many agreed with Linington and believed the foul was a straight red, and among those was former referee Jeff Winter who said that it was the “right decision” after attending the game and seeing the incident first hand.
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