Chelsea will launch an appeal against John Terry’s sending off on Sunday.
The Blues defender was red carded in their 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the FA Cup, after hauling down Posh forward Lee Angol.
Ex-England skipper Terry was making his first start since October.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reckons referee Kevin Friend was wrong to send Terry off, and Terry himself confirmed on Instagram that he would appeal the decision, which means he will serve a one-match ban.
Terry wrote on the social media site: ‘What a great feeling being back on the pitch today, albeit only for 67 minutes after my red card which I will be appealing and hope the FA and the referee will look at it and realise I didn’t touch @leeangol.
‘Great win for the boys and into the next round of the FA Cup.’
Conte defender his player, adding: ‘I think it wasn’t the right decision by the referee. He did not take the opponent and also – the second reason – behind John was Branislav Ivanovic to cover John.
‘It’s a pity what happened because to take a red card is not good. I think you have to respect the referee’s decision but in this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation because the situation is very clear and I think John did not deserve this.’
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75