Bolton Wanderers appeal after Gary Cahill’s red card at Arsenal has been rejected by the Football Association.
Cahill received a straight red in the 67th minute for a challenge from behind on Arsenal’s Maroune Chamakh which was deemed harsh by both managers.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle was incensed when a free-kick wasn’t awarded for a foul on Lee Chong-yong on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area moments before.
Coyle felt a free kick was the least his side deserved but a quick Arsenal break meant Bolton were caught short, and a clumsy challenge from Cahill was deemed a sending off offence in referee Stuart Atwell’s eyes.
“It was more a dark orange or light red” was Arsene Wenger’s opinion on the foul, but the FA disagreed and handed out a three match ban to the Bolton defender.
Cahill will miss Premier League games with Aston Villa and Manchester United and a Carling Cup tie with Burnley, and Bolton will miss their star centre-back for the trip to Birmingham on Saturday.
Coyle will target Gerard Houllier’s first game in charge of Villa as a possible away win, they are 10/3 to do so, as he targets a top half finish.
But the loss of Cahill will be a bonus to Houllier as he looks to start his reign with a win and Villa are 8/11 to beat Bolton.
The Carling Cup could be Bolton’s best chance of silverware and they face a tricky away tie at Burnley in the third round – they are 33/1 to win the Carling Cup. See the full Bolton vs Aston Villa match betting market here.