Clubs appeal final red cards

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Arsenal and Chelsea have appealed against the red cards shown to Emmanuel Adebayor and John Obi Mikel.

The duo, along with Kolo Toure, were sent off during the closing stages of Chelsea's 2-1 Carling Cup final win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Chelsea substitute Mikel was dismissed for tangling with Toure, after his tug on the Arsenal defender had sparked an ugly brawl.

Players from both teams waded in before order was restored, with Adebayor sent off for his involvement in the fracas.

The Togo striker then refused to leave the field, protesting that referee Howard Webb had red-carded the wrong player.

Television replays later suggested that Emmanuel Eboue clipped Wayne Bridge, although it is unclear whether this incident prompted Adebayor's dismissal in any event.

However, the two London clubs have now lodged appeals against the red cards and their cases will be heard by The FA's Disciplinary Commission on Tuesday.

Mikel has subsequently apologised for his sending off, while Adebayor has maintained his innocence over the brawl which overshadowed the Millennium Stadium showpiece.