Bolton have Gary Cahill's ban overturned by the FA

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Coyle' bemused' by Cahill red card

Bolton have won their appeal to have defender Gary Cahill's sending off against Tottenham overturned.

Referee Stuart Attwell dismissed Cahill 17 minutes into the club's 3-0 defeat, deeming his foul on Scott Parker denied Spurs an "obvious goalscoring chance".

But the Football Association has withdrawn Cahill's one-match suspension and he will now be available for Saturday's game against Aston Villa.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said the sending-off was an "absolute disgrace".

The decision was also queried after the game by both Trotters boss Owen Coyle and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp.

"I am not happy about the referee's decision. It's an absolute disgrace," Gartside told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Bolton chairman calls referee "a disgrace"

The Bolton chairman said his words were not "sour grapes" after the match kept his side in the bottom three of the Premier League.

Gartside added: "I am the first supporter of referees. My problem is that [the decision] was too quick.

"Scott Parker is one of my favourite players but if he is in a goalscoring position near the halfway line then he is a genius."

Gartside said he realised his words may be looked at by the authorities, but felt he needed to speak out as his club had been on the receiving end of some "bad decisions" this season.

He also blamed Bolton's run of form, which includes only three wins from their last 14 games, on injuries and suspensions.

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Redknapp queries Bolton red card

"We are three or four points from mid-table," he said. "We have 11 players injured, four broken legs. You cannot have a contingency plan for that. We are in a difficult position but we are not panicking. We have to keep together in this."

Both Coyle and Redknapp felt Cahill's challenge - 10 yards from the halfway line - warranted a yellow card at most.

Coyle, who confronted Attwell on the pitch at half-time, said he was "angry" at the sending-off.

"I am totally bemused by the decision," he said. "Maybe it was a free kick or a yellow card, but not a red. I think everyone in the stadium was baffled it was given."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp agreed with his opposite number, saying: "I thought the sending-off was harsh. I was surprised the lad got a red when Scotty was so far away from goal."

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