Arsenal striker unhappy with rules in England

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud feels his three-match suspension is very unfair after hewas sent-off during his side's 1-0 victory over Fulham last weekend at Craven Cottage.

With the game in it's final stages, Giroud lost control of the ball and as it rolled towards Fulham defender Stanislav Manolev, the Arsenal man appeared to tackle the defender above the ball and onto the player's ankle. A tackle that match official Andre Marriner deemed a red card.

Despite first looks of the challenge looking bad, television replays showed that just before the impact of the tackle, Giroud lost his footing in his right foot as he slipped on the turf which saw him slide into Manolev.

After the game Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Giroud felt he slipped and couldn't help what happened, so the club decided to appeal the decision, but it was announced yesterday that the FA have rejected the appeal which means the striker will now miss three out of the last four games.

The striker himself has spoken for the first-time since the red card and he personally cannot believe that the decision wasn't overturned.

Giroud said: "I was very surprised at the verdict as my action was unintentional.

"It does not hurt me but the rules in England are really very harsh. Very harsh indeed."

Giroud will be missing for the Gunners as they entertain their former star Robin van Persie and new Premier League champions Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday. 


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