Cesc Fabregas three-match ban reduced to one game

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had his three-match ban reduced to just one after the club successful appealed the initial suspension.

Fabregas was sent off against West Brom on Monday night after kicking the ball at the head of Chris Brunt during a break in play.

The Spaniard will miss Chelsea’s final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday, but he will be available for the start of next season.
“The standard sanction would have been a three-match suspension,” read a Chelsea statement.

“However, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today, the club’s claim that a three-match suspension is excessive was successful.

“Fabregas will therefore now only miss our final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday and will be available for selection from the start of the 2015/16 campaign.”
The English FA confirmed the reduced sanction with a statement on Wednesday evening.
“A claim by Chelsea that the three-match suspension for Cesc Fabregas is excessive has been upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” the statement read.

“Fabregas was dismissed for violent conduct during the West Bromwich Albion FC v Chelsea FC fixture on 18 May. The Regulatory Commission has reduced the Chelsea midfielder’s suspension to one match, to be served with immediate effect.”
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