Match officials will not feel hamstrung by the surprise decision to overturn Vincent Kompany's red card against Arsenal, the Football Association's referees chief David Elleray has claimed.

The decision to rule that referee Mike Dean had made an error was the latest in a rash of judgements this season which has seen the FA's regulatory commission overturn no fewer than six red cards for top-flight players. Kompany was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and the FA's decision has been privately condemned by some officials.

Elleray, chairman of the FA's referees committee, said: "When you have a referee's decision overturned then some people will be disappointed but ultimately there's a process which has to be gone through. We always say to referees to do their job on the field of play and not to worry about anything that happens afterwards."

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