Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GOODNEWS: Arsenal Title Dreams Receive A Boost


Arsenal title dreams received a boost on Monday night when their left back, Kieran Gibbs, had his red card against Chelsea overturned after an appeal to the FA.
* Arsenal players gathered round a referee during a recent match
The Gunners were also boosted by news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be cleared to play against Swansea tonight.
Gibbs was mistakenly dismissed by referee Andre Marriner when Oxlade-Chamberlain handled Eden Hazard’s shot during the 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge.
The shot looked to be going wide in any case and the Gunners have been successful in appealing the red card which had been transferred onto midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain.
A statement from the FA read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
"The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
"Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect."

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