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Fabregas ban reduced on appeal, free to start next season

May 20, 2015
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas leaves the pitch after being sent off by referee Mike Jones during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas leaves the pitch after being sent off by referee Mike Jones during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas will be available for the start of Chelsea’s defense of the Premier League title next season after having a three-match ban reduced to one game following an appeal.

Fabregas was sent off against West Bromwich Albion on Monday for kicking the ball at an opponent’s head during a break in play.

Chelsea launched an appeal, saying that a three-game ban was excessive, and it was upheld on Wednesday.

Fabregas will serve his one-game suspension against Sunderland on Sunday in the final round of the Premier League.

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