In a major turn of events, Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has won his appeal against the red card shown to him against Chelsea. In a major announcement, The Football Association (FA) have decided to overturn Gabriel’s wrongful sending off by the match referee Mike Dean.
Yesterday, FA deemed Arsenal, Chelsea, Diego Costa and Gabriel Paulista for the fiasco that broke out at Stamford Bridge which saw the Brazilian defender go in to a brawl with Costa which ended up with a red card for the Arsenal man.
FA had given Arsenal until Tuesday 6 PM to appeal against the red card and so they did. As it turns out, appeal was successful and the ban has been upheld on Gabriel. The defender was due to serve a 3-match ban, which has been turned down, however, he will still face a charge for showing improper conduct.
Gabriel could yet be punished by The FA, but it will more likely be a monetary fine. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was rather critical of the match official Mike Dean and challenged him to go to the match replays and then base his match report.
So far, there has not been any clear indication on whether Diego Costa’s appeal has been rejected by The FA, as Chelsea nervously wait for that important verdict. So far, it seems like the striker was more at fault than Gabriel, thus first piece of judgment has gone against Chelsea and there is a possibility that Costa could get banned if found guilty for his act in getting Gabriel sent off and his violent conduct on Laurent Koscielny.