FA Red Faces; Essien Has to Be Let off as FIFA Pull Rank
Byline: ALAN BIGGS
ENGLISH football's disciplinary system was thrown into turmoil last night by a FIFA ruling which could stop clubs appealing against 'wrongful' red cards.
Michael Essien's unexpected escape from suspension for his dangerous challenge on Tal Ben Haim in Chelsea's 5-1 win against Bolton on Saturday threatens to plunge the domestic game into chaos.
The FA caved in to pressure from FIFA in deciding not to punish Essien with a threegame ban, even though referee Rob Styles told them he should have sent off the Ghanaian.
Not surprisingly, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho welcomed the news, claiming his player's record was exemplary. 'Essien …
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Publication information: Article title: FA Red Faces; Essien Has to Be Let off as FIFA Pull Rank. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: October 19, 2005. Page number: 74. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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