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Manchester City win appeal over Kompany red card

Published on Jan 15, 2013 11:40 PM
Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (right) is shown a red card by referee Mike Dean (left) for his tackle on Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere during their English Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 13, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Premier League champions Manchester City won their appeal on Tuesday against the red card handed out to captain Vincent Kompany during their 2-0 win away to Arsenal last weekend.

The decision by an independent Football Association regulatory commission overturned a three-game ban for the Belgium international that would have started with this week's league match against Fulham.

Kompany was dismissed 15 minutes from time by referee Mike Dean at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday for using excessive force in tackling Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, despite getting to the ball first.

Both Kompany and City manager Roberto Mancini made clear their displeasure at Dean's decision after the match, with the 26-year-old central defender taking to his Twitter account to indicate an appeal was likely.

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