John Terry free to face Man United after appeal

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Chelsea captain John Terry is free to face Manchester United in the Premier League game on Sunday after winning an appeal against the red card he picked up at Manchester City.

Terry was sent off for hauling down City striker Jo in Chelsea's 3-1 victory at the City of Manchester stadium on Saturday. Jo still had a long way to go to goal when the foul came in from Terry, whose fellow defender Ricardo Carvalho was in close attendance. Referee Mark Halsey deemed it a professional foul, but Chelsea protested, and yesterday lodged an appeal.

The FA announced on today that an independent regulatory commission had upheld the club's claim for "wrongful dismissal."

The ruling means the defender has avoided an automatic three-game suspension and he will be available to face United at Stamford Bridge.