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Friday, February 06, 2009

Talented Frank Lampard On Ref After Red Card Reprieve

Chelsea talented footballer Franky Lampard was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Xabi Alonso on the hour mark during the Blues' 2-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

The defeat was a massive blow in terms of the Premier League title race, but Lampard was handed a boost yesterday at the time the FA overturned his sending off, thus sparing him a three-match ban.

Lampard slid in on Alonso and the Spaniard was sent flying, but it was clear even without the aid of video replays that England star Lampard had got a large chunk of the ball.

Now able to look ahead to ahead to the weekend visit of Hull City, Lampard spoke to the Press Association of the red card, which was dished out by referee Mike Riley. "It's great that I can move on, but a shame that we lost the game because of it," he bemoaned.

"I presumed it would be rescinded anyway so I was quite confident about that.

"It was obviously a mistake, we all make mistakes. soccer players make mistakes just as much as anyone - and the referee did."

Under-fire Riley will not be in action this weekend, it has been revealed, after sustaining an undisclosed injury during the Liverpool win.

He and his assistants have also come under fire over Jose Bosingwa's kicking antics, but the full-back cannot be punished retroactively as the linesman saw the incident at the time.

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