Date: 25th September 2007 at 5:11pm
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Chelsea’s bad month took a turn toward the downright awful as Mikel’s appeal failed while Terry could be in trouble for his antics at the Nigerian’s dismissal.

The Blues lodged an appeal against Mikel’s red card which many believed had been harsh. However, their appeal failed.

‘At a regulatory commission hearing, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Chelsea’s Mikel John Obi was rejected.

‘Mikel was shown a red card for serious foul play during the match at Old Trafford on 23 September.

‘As a result, Mikel will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.’


They will feel hard done by but there was no chance of success. FIFA does not permit red cards being downgraded to yellow, therefore they should have proved that Mikel should not have been punished at all. And that would have been a mammoth task.

And one might say Mikel’s dismissal cost them a lot. Three-match ban for the Nigerian, they lost the game, and John Terry might face disciplinary action.

The skipper tried to take the red card out of Mike Dean’s hand at the dismissal and might face a ban for his actions or at least a fine. With Carvalho injured, it’s the last thing Chelsea needed, I’m sure.