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Villa's Herd relieved at rescinded red card

The Football Association overturned Aston Villa's Chris Herd's red card which saw the midfielder facing a three match ban, much to the relief of the Australian. Herd was shown red by referee Phil Dowd during West Bromwich Albion's 2-1 win at Villa Park on Saturday.

After seeing the red card rescinded, the 22 year old again explained the tangle with Baggies defender Jonas Olsson was not a stamp.

"I'm over the moon with the decision from the FA to overturn the sending off," he told the Birmingham Mail. "I'm just pleased to be able to be available for this weekend.

"We got pulled together in the first incident and their player obviously ran into me and shoulder-barged me with his forearm so the referee pulled us and told us to cut it out and all the rest of it.

"We went back for the corner and he sort of came in and fell onto me.

"We got tangled up and his body was on mine. His arm was wrapped around my leg.

"So I just tried to get my leg free and get on with it. You can tell from his reaction that there was no malice in it or anything like that so I was quite surprised with the decision."

The Australian admits he was stunned by the red card, adding: "I was shocked.

"Once you've been shown the red card you can't take that away so I just walked off, but I was quite disappointed.

"I think everyone was surprised when you see the replays on the telly. Obviously we just had to look over all the DVDs and come to the decision that we needed to appeal it. Thankfully we've done that and we've got the right outcome."

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