Welsh FA lifts ban on Cardiff's Purse

Cardiff defender Darren Purse has been given an FA Cup final reprieve after his weekend red card was overturned.

Cardiff defender Darren Purse has been given an FA Cup final reprieve after his weekend red card was overturned.

The former Birmingham and West Brom man was shown a straight red card late on in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Burnley for a challenge which left Clarets striker Andy Cole needing 10 stitches in a leg wound.

Purse was handed a three-match ban – meaning he would miss the weekend clash with Barnsley, the Wembley final on May 17 and the first game of next season - after his tackle was deemed serious foul play by referee Andy Hall.

But a Football Association of Wales committee decided on Tuesday afternoon to rescind the red card, meaning the 31-year-old is now available to play in the Wembley final.

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