May 13, 2019 / 7:13 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Watford's Holebas cleared to play in FA Cup final

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v West Ham United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - May 12, 2019 Watford's Jose Holebas is shown a red card by referee Chris Kavanagh Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

(Reuters) - Watford defender Jose Holebas will be available to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final after his red card against West Ham United was rescinded.

Holebas was sent off at the start of the second half of Sunday’s Premier League match for a foul on Michail Antonio which denied West Ham a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The FA’s independent regulatory commission upheld Watford’s claim of wrongful dismissal on Monday.

Holebas, 34, has been an integral part of Javi Gracia’s side this season, making 28 league appearances and three in the FA Cup.

Watford will be hoping to ruin Manchester City’s chances of completing a domestic treble when they meet at Wembley on Saturday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond

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