WATFORD defender Jose Holebas has been given an FA Cup Final reprieve after his red card appeal was upheld by the FA.
Greek veteran Holebas, 34, faced Wembley heartbreak after he was dismissed in the Hornets’ final game of the season.
Reuters Watford star Jose Holebas was sent off during the second half of the match
Holebas saw red from ref Chris Kavanagh for hauling back Michail Antonio as the West Ham man bore down on goal in the opening minutes of the second half of the Hammers’ 4-1 win at Vicarage Road.
The automatic one match ban meant Holebas was set to miss Saturday’s Cup Final with Manchester City.
But Watford’s appeal for wrongful dismissal was upheld by a three-man independent regulatory commission which ruled Kavangh had made an “obvious error” in dismissing the Watford man.
The decision is a major boost for Watford boss Javi Gracia and a huge relief for the experienced Holebas, who stood to miss the biggest day of his club career.
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PA:Press Association Jose Holebas has three goals and six assists for Watford this season