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Arsenal's rejected appeal highlights FA inconsistency

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The FA have today confirmed that Arsenal's appeal to see Olivier Giroud's red-card overturned has been dismissed.

But how come his single-footed challenge was punished and Sergio Aguero's two-footed challenge wasn't?

On Saturday, Giroud was sent-off after being involved in a challenge with a Fulham defender, however TV replays showed he slipped before hand which meant he couldn't stop himself from colliding with the player.

Before making the tackle, Giroud's right-foot clearly slipped in the ground which meant his lost control of his body which caused him to crash into the defender.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed this is why he would appeal the decision, but today the FA confirmed that the appeal has been rejected which means he will miss three out of the last four games of the season.

This decision from the FA has confused me because I have seen a lot worse tackles go unpunished by the FA in recent weeks and surely that shows a lack of consistency with the football association.

Take for example Sergio Aguero's tackle on David Luiz during Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea. The ball had gone and the Argentinian jumped two-footed into the thigh of the Brazilian defender. During the game it went unpunished and then even with TV replays, the FA decided nothing should be done about the case.

Surely a two-footed challenge where the ball wasn't even in contention is worse than what Olivier Giroud did? But yet the FA have banned Giroud for three games and gave Aguero nothing.

Then we got further back where Wigan's Calum McManaman went in knee-high on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara. Once again unpunished during the game, but replays clearly showed McManaman going in on Haidara's knee which could have easily ended his career, but yet again the FA decided it didn't deserve a suspension.

Once again, surely Giroud's tackle wasn't as bad as McManaman's?

There seems to be a lack of consistency within the FA and to see some tackles go unpunished is almost laughable.

 

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