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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Joy for West Brom as Ibanez ban overturned

West Brom defender Pablo Ibanez has won his appeal against the red card he picked up in Monday's 2-1 defeat to Blackpool.

The Football Association confirmed that Ibanez's claim for wrongful dismissal had been upheld by an independent regulatory commission and his one-match ban has been withdrawn with immediate effect. He will now be available for Sunday's game against Manchester City.

The Spaniard was dismissed by referee Michael Oliver in the 11th minute at Bloomfield Road after he was adjudged to have brought down Blackpool striker DJ Campbell inside the area.

The official deemed Ibanez to have denied Campbell an obvious goalscoring opportunity, a verdict the Baggies disputed after viewing the incident from various television angles.

West Brom finished the game with nine men after Gonzalo Jara was also dismissed for a lunge on Luke Varney shortly before the half-hour mark.

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