Cahill expected red reprieve

The Football Association upheld Cahill’s claim for wrongful

dismissal earlier this week as the England international was sent

off after just 17 minutes of the 3-0 defeat for a foul on Scott

Parker just inside his own half. Referee Stuart Atwell had shown

the red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Cahill’s one-match suspension was withdrawn as a result of the

appeal, meaning he is available to face former club Aston Villa

tomorrow. “(The FA) They want to stick by referees but I would have

been absolutely amazed if it wasn’t overturned.” Cahill told the

club’s official website. He added: “I think without a shadow of a

doubt it was the right decision to overturn the red card. “I’m sure

everyone in the stadium was baffled when it happened because I was.

“It was just after the halfway line, close to the touchline, yet he

said he sent me off for a goalscoring opportunity so that was

amazing. He still had 45 yards to run with the ball. “The right

decision was made and I’m available for selection tomorrow. “Stuart

gave me the time of day to explain his decision at half-time which

was nice, but there’s no defending it.”