West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has been cleared to face Sunderland after his red card against Blackburn Rovers was rescinded.
The 26-year-old was sent off after tripping Adam Henley as the full-back attempted to run into the penalty area, but club co-chairman David Gold confirmed on Monday that they planned to appeal the decision.
“Cheikhou Kouyate’s one-match suspension for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity has been withdrawn with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” the Football Association confirmed in a statement.
“The Senegal midfielder is therefore eligible to play against Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday,” West Ham added as they acknowledged their successful appeal.
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