Liverpool decline to appeal Cole's red card

Liverpool have chosen not to appeal Joe Cole's red card on his home debut.
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Liverpool have chosen not to appeal Joe Cole's red card on his home debut.

The Football Association confirmed the Reds had not contested Cole's controversial dismissal against Arsenal by the 1300 deadline on Monday, meaning the 28-year-old will serve a three-match ban.

Cole was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Laurent Koscielny in first-half injury-time of the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Anfield.

But the club have decided not to appeal and will therefore be without Cole for their Premier League matches against Manchester City, West Brom and Birmingham.

But the England midfielder will be available for Thursday's Europa League play-off round first leg with Trabzonspor and the second leg the following week.

 
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