Watford handed boost ahead of FA Cup final with Manchester City as Jose Holebas’ available after red card rescinded

Jose Holebas had his red card in Watford’s 4-1 defeat to West Ham on Sunday overturned.

The 34-year-old defender was sent off in the final Premier League match of the season when he was judged to have pulled back Michail Antonio as he ran through on goal.

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Jose Holebas will be able to play in the FA Cup final
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Watford head coach Javi Gracia said the club would appeal the decision and on Monday the Football Association announced it had been overturned.

This now means the defender will be available for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.

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Javi Gracia’s side face Manchester City in the FA Cup final

“An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [13/05/2019] upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Jose Holebas,” an FA statement read.

“The Watford player was sent off against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday [12/05/2019] for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.”

The Hornets ended the season in 11th following the final day defeat to the Hammers.

Gracia’s side have the chance to prevent Manchester City from completing a historic domestic treble on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side wrapped up the Premier League title on Sunday and have already won the Carabao Cup and now have the FA Cup in their sights.

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