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Lampard welcomes successful appeal

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Frank Lampard has welcomed his successful appeal against the red card he received in Chelsea's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat against Liverpool.

The England midfielder was sent off by referee Mike Riley for his challenge on Xabi Alonso in the 59th minute of Sunday's match with the Reds scoring their two goals in the final minutes.

But Lampard had mixed emotions and told Sky Sports News: "It's good that I can move on, but a shame that we lost the game because of it. I presumed it would be rescinded anyway so I was quite confident about that."

He added: "It was obviously a mistake, we all make mistakes. Footballers make mistakes just as much as anyone - and the referee did."

An independent regulatory commission hearing on Tuesday upheld his claim, resulting in the withdrawal of his three-match suspension.

The third dismissal of Lampard's career was shrouded in controversy with replays showing he made contact with the ball first.

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari leapt to Lampard's defence, insisting the challenge was legitimate - and the club lodged their appeal with the Football Association on Monday.

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