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Chelsea to appeal Lampard dismissal

Chelsea will make an appeal against Frank Lampard's dismissal against West Ham on Saturday.

The Stamford Bridge club must lodge their protest with the FA by lunchtime today if they are to have any chance of the three-match ban being overturned.

Lampard was sent off after an assistant referee told match ref Peter Walton that he slapped Luis Boa Morte in the face.

Chelsea will argue it was a gentle shove in the chest and worthy of no more than a yellow card.

As long as Walton accurately recounts the same version in his match report, then the automatic red card will be downgraded.

Captain John Terry said: "It was very harsh. Peter Walton is a very clever referee and very good as well. I'm sure he'll look at it again."

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