Ban stands for Cole as Reds decline appeal

JOE COLE will miss Liverpool’s next three Premier League matches after the club opted not to appeal his sending off against Arsenal on Sunday.

Debutant Cole saw red for a reckless challenge on Laurent Koscielny during first half injury-time of the 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Meanwhile the Reds are poised to complete the signing of goalkeeper Brad Jones from Middlesbrough after agreeing a fee of around £2.3m. The Australia international, 28, qualifies as a home-grown player.