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Following a successful appeal and a personal letter from Roberto Martinez, the 27-year-old is now free to face Everton on Saturday after being sent off against Sunderland

The Football Association has rescinded the red card shown to Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez following a successful appeal.

The 27-year-old was sent off by referee Howard Webb against Sunderland last weekend for a challenge on Danny Rose, with Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher scoring the only goal of the game three minutes later.

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However, following the club submitting video evidence and manager Roberto Martinez writing a personal letter to explain the appeal, the FA decided to withdraw the ban, leaving the midfielder free to face Everton on Saturday.

Martinez told the club's official website: "It does not bring back the time lost when Jordi had to leave the field but I am delighted that we can draw a line under this incident and that Jordi is available for us on Saturday."

Martinez had previously revealed his disappointment at Webb's refereeing prowess, saying: "I think it's harsh. It's harsh because Danny Rose loses the ball slightly. Jordi tackles as a striker tackles, showing the studs, but he never leaves the ground, it's not a two-footed challenge.

"I can understand why the referee gave it, but I think it's very, very harsh. My disappointment is that [Sebastian] Larsson has made a worse tackle against [Arouna] Kone and is not even shown a yellow card."

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