Not such a naughty Belgian: FA rescind red card for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

By Paddy von Behr

There is still hope for the Premier League’s most committed defenders, as the Football Association has overturned Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany’s red card from Sunday’s win against Arsenal.

With 15 minutes left of City’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates, referee Mike Dean dismissed Kompany for his challenge on Jack Wilshere.

Opinions on the tackle were divided after the game but Kompany, who was visibly outraged by the decision, has been redeemed.

An FA statement read: “An independent regulatory commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany.

“As a result, Kompany’s three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”

The Belgian defender would have missed league games against Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, as well as a fourth round FA Cup tie with Stoke City or Crystal Palace.

With Kolo Toure at the African Cup of Nations and Micah Richards still out injured, Roberto Mancini’s defensive resources are stretched and the announcement is welcome news.

After the game, Kompany took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the tackle and Mr Dean’s decision to send him for an early bath.

He wrote: “No grudges against the referee, I understand the difficulty of the job.

“About the tackle: If the ball is overrun by the opponent and a 50/50 challenge occurs, collision is inevitable.

“Ultimately I’m a defender: Appeal may work or not. I will never pull out of a challenge, as much as I will never intend to injury a player.”

Mancini can now look ahead to Fulham’s visit with his captain available, as City seek to close the gap between them and rivals Manchester United.

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