Everton have appealed against Tim Cahill's sending off in Sunday's 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
The Australian was shown a straight red card after being involved in an altercation with Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye at the full-time whistle.
Cahill's dismissal means Everton could be without the 32-year-old for the first three games of the 2012/13 campaign should the appeal prove unsuccessful.
Cabaye, who was also cautioned by referee Andre Marriner for his part in the coming together, issued an apology on Newcastle's website.
The Frenchman said: "I would like to apologise for the cross words I exchanged with Tim Cahill which resulted in his red card and my booking on the final whistle.
"It was unnecessary and, regrettably, the result of frustration and disappointment, all in the heat of the moment.
"It is out of character and for that I am sorry.”
The Football Association will now review the incident and announce their decision in due course.