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Judge lift's Tom Brady's four-game NFL ban over 'Deflategate'

Published 03/09/2015 | 15:44

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

Tom Brady's four-game suspension from the NFL for his role in DeflateGate has been nullified, according to the Associated Press.

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The four-time Super Bowl winner was handed the ban in May after independent investigator Ted Wells' report concluded he was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding his team's use of deflated game balls in last season's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Deflated balls are considered to be easier to grip, throw and catch, particularly in cold conditions, although there is disagreement on how much of an advantage or disadvantage they can provide.

As well as Brady's ban, the Patriots were fined $1m and docked two draft picks including next year's first-round pick.

The Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl in February in Arizona.

Brady will now be available for the Patriots' games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys this coming season.

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