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Arsenal’s Gabriel Hit With One-Game Ban Following Chelsea Fracas
Arsenal defender Gabriel has been slapped with a one-game suspension by the Football Association after he admitted a charge of improper conduct following his dismissal against Chelsea.
Gabriel saw his sending off against the Blues rescinded by the FA earlier this week but he still faced a charge of improper conduct for his behaviour following the red card.
Arsene Wenger has already said that the centre-back was out of line for reacting the way he reacted – despite the fact he shouldn’t have been sent off.
It comes as no surprise then that the FA have confirmed this evening that Gabriel has been handed a one-match ban which will start with immediate effect.
He has also been fined £10,000 and warned about his future conduct.
A statement on thefa.com said:
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Arsenal defender Gabriel will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct.
The charge relates to Gabriel’s behaviour following his dismissal in or around the 45th minute of the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].
The player, who requested a personal hearing, was also fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
Gabriel will now miss tomorrow’s clash with Leicester City. If Arsenal had admitted the charge, surely they were expecting this ban? If so, why did we choose not to play him against Tottenham in mid-week?
Anyway, we’ll now have to make-do without him tomorrow so Per Mertesacker will most likely start alongside Koscielny.