Reds opt against Cole appeal
Liverpool will be without Joe Cole for three matches after deciding not to appeal against his red card in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Last Updated: 16/08/10 2:29pm
Liverpool will be without Joe Cole for three matches after the Anfield club decided not to appeal against the red card that their summer signing received against Arsenal.
The former Chelsea star's Premier League debut for the Reds was ruined on Sunday when he was controversially sent off shortly before half-time in the eventual 1-1 draw with the Gunners.
Cole was adjudged to have committed a foul that was worthy of an instant dismissal by referee Martin Atkinson when the playmaker challenged Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
Replays suggested that the 28-year-old was unfortunate to have been shown a straight red card and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson spoke of that belief in his post-match interview.
Hodgson said that the club would consider appealing on Cole's behalf, but the ex-Fulham boss was also wary of their plea being deemed frivolous by the authorities.
The Football Association has since confirmed that Liverpool have decided not to appeal and will therefore be without Cole for their Premier League matches against Manchester City, West Brom and Birmingham.
But the England midfielder will be available for Thursday's Europa League play-off round first leg with Trabzonspor and the second leg the following week.