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Lampard esapes ban after sending off

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  • FA uphold Frank Lampard's appeal against sending off against Liverpool
  • England and Chelsea midfield star was scheduled to miss three matches
  • TV replays showed Lampard had connected with ball before Xabi Alonso
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(CNN) -- Frank Lampard's appeal against the red card he received in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday has been successful.

A crestfallen Lampard leaves the pitch at Anfield after being shown red.

A crestfallen Lampard leaves the pitch at Anfield after being shown red.

The England midfielder was controversially sent off by referee Mike Riley for his challenge on Xabi Alonso on the hour mark in Sunday's Premier League title showdown.

But an English Football Association (FA) hearing on Tuesday upheld his appeal, resulting in the withdrawal of his three-match suspension.

It was the third dismissal of Lampard's career, but television replays appeared to indicate he made contact with the ball first before touching Alonso.

The sending off proved a turning point in the game, with Liverpool going on to score two late goals through Fernando Torres to move to within two points of league leaders Manchester United.

Defeat left Chelsea five points adrift, having played a game more, and Lampard's dismissal angered manager Luiz Felipe Scolari who said after the game they would lodge an appeal.

Had it failed, Lampard would have missed Premier League matches against Hull and Aston Villa and an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Watford.

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