Relief as Roberto Pereyra suspension is reduced

Walter Mazzarri received some welcome news on the suspension front after the Football Association confirmed that Roberto Pereyra’s ban for his red card at West Bromwich Albion has been cut from three games to one.

Watford appealed to the game’s governing body that the punishment dished out to the Argentine for the altercation with James McClean was not only excessive but also wrongful. The appeal for wrongful dismissal was rejected by the FA’s Regulatory Commission but they agreed the three-game ban for what was considered violent conduct was excessive.

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He will still miss Saturday’s game with Everton but is now available for the trips to Manchester City and Sunderland.

“Pereyra only acted after West Brom’s James McLean had whacked the ball straight at him while he was lying on the ground,” said Graham Poll in his column in the Daily Mail. “Using the ball to strike another player is the same as striking an opponent with a fist.”