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Holebas cleared to play in FA Cup final

William O'Callaghan
William O'Callaghan

05:42 13 May 2019


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Watford defender Jose Holebas will be available to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

His red card received against West Ham on the final day of the Premier League season has been overturned on appeal.

The 34-year-old was shown red after it was deemed he's pulled back Michail Antonio when the Hammers forward was running through on goal.

Hornets boss Javi Garcia confirmed after yesterday's game that the club would be appealing the decision.

"I prefer to be respectful to the referee's decision and I prefer at this moment to not say what I am thinking about that.

"In my opinion, I can't believe one player will miss the final for that contact, I can't believe it.

"Maybe it is a foul, soft foul, light foul but I can be angry with that decision.

"In this moment it is difficult to accept knowing you have an important game next week."

And the FA have confirmed this evening that Holebas' red card has been rescinded.

"An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [13/05/2019] upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Jose Holebas," an FA statement read.

"The Watford player was sent off against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday [12/05/2019] for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity."

Watford meet City at Wembley on Saturday.

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