Lucas Digne's three-match suspension downgraded to one match

Everton defender Lucas Digne has three-match suspension for foul on Kyle Walker-Peters downgraded to one match by an independent disciplinary panel

  • Everton defender Lucas Digne was sent off for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters
  • Digne caught the Southampton defender on the back of his foot with his studs
  • The three-match ban has now been downgraded to a one match ban instead
  • The decision to change the ban was made by an independent disciplinary panel  

Everton defender Lucas Digne has had his three-match suspension downgraded to one match by an independent disciplinary panel.

The left-back was sent off for a challenge on Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters during the 2-0 loss at St Mary’s on Sunday, though Everton appealed the decision.

The red card has not been rescinded, but Digne will now only serve a one-match ban.

Everton defender Lucas Digne was sent off for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters on Sunday

A Football Association statement read: ‘An independent regulatory commission has upheld a claim of clearly excessive punishment in relation to Everton FC’s Lucas Digne.

‘The defender was sent off for serious foul play during a Premier League fixture against Southampton FC on Sunday 25 October 2020 and would have been suspended for three fixtures.

‘However, the independent regulatory commission has withdrawn his original suspension and applied a one-match suspension instead.’

Digne caught the Southampton defender on the back of his foot with his studs

Everton appealed the decision after their 2-0 loss at St Mary’s – their first loss of the season

The Frenchman was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend in the 72nd minute on Sunday when he stood on the back of Walker-Peters’ legs.

It looked accidental and Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was heavily critical of Friend’s decision.

He said on Sunday: ‘The red card was a joke. It was not intentional. Maybe it could be a yellow but for sure it was not violent conduct. They could check better.’

Digne will at least now only miss the game with Newcastle and will be available against Manchester United and Fulham.

Digne’s three-match ban has now been downgraded to just a one match ban instead




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