The 29-year-old was dismissed in the first half at Upton Park for a clash with Luis Boa Morte, although referee Peter Walton told an FA regulatory commission he and his assistant made a mistake. The commission had to decide whether a ''serious and obvious'' error had been made when Lampard was sent off for no more than a push in Boa Morte''s chest. They also had to take into consideration referees being instructed that, while endangering an opponent warrants a red card, contact on or above the neck is deemed violent conduct under UEFA guidelines. Lampard''s reprieve allows him to play against Barnsley in the FA Cup and the Barclays Premier League matches against Derby and Sunderland. Chelsea boss Avram Grant was upset earlier in the season when Ashley Cole''s appeal failed, and Lampard''s case came a week after Middlesbrough''s Jeremie Aliadiere saw his ban extended by a match for his appeal being ''frivolous''. Lampard''s red card mattered little on the day, with Chelsea winning 4-0. The FA''s decision also provides positive news ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash against Olympiacos, with the tie poised at 0-0 going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge. ''They will be a danger,'' said Lampard in the London Evening Standard. ''They play a strong and compact game and are dangerous on the counter-attack.'' Lampard. meanwhile, is relishing Chelsea''s role in the domestic title race and feels the club will be motivated by proving critics wrong after their Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham.
''Everyone has been waiting for Chelsea to take a fall,'' he said. ''It comes with the territory of being so successful over the last three or four years. ''So for us to lose a cup final a lot of people have taken a great deal of glory in it and that''s a fact. But we won back-to-back championships and were still criticised for being boring, so we want to forget what anyone else says. ''What''s very important is that we unite as a club on the inside - players, staff and fans as well. We must remember what we have achieved and what we can achieve. Together we have a great chance of doing it this season. ''I have seen a lot of people leaving us out of the running and I like that in a way. If we win our game in hand we are four points behind Arsenal and three behind Manchester United. ''We have to play them both at home, while they also have to play Liverpool. It comes down to us. If we go on a fantastic run and win the majority of our games we can win the league, that''s a fact.''