Herd wins appeal against red card
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Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has won his appeal against his red card during Saturday's clash with West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association confirmed in a statement today.

Herd was given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd for an alleged stamp on Jonas Olsson during Villa's 2-1 defeat by the Baggies.

However, Villa appealed the decision, which would have led to Herd being banned for three matches, after studying video footage of the innocuous-looking incident.

"Looking at the pictures again, Chris has done nothing wrong," Villa manager Alex McLeish said yesterday.

"It's a poor decision on the day by the official. These things are not deliberate, he's made an honest mistake, it's just a shame I think that he's guessed the decision rather than saw anything."