Chelsea set to fail in Thibaut Courtois red card appeal

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Chelsea are set to fail in their bid to get Thibaut Courtois' red card against against Swansea City rescinded, according to the Evening Standard.

The goalkeeper was dismissed by referee Michael Oliver after bringing Bafetimbi Gomis down in the penalty area in Saturday's game against the Swans.

Oliver believed Courtois had denied Gomis a clear goal-scoring opportunity and sent the Belgian off for making a professional foul.


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The punishment for such an infringement is usually one game, but Chelsea attempted to get the ban overturned by launching an appeal on Monday.

Jose Mourinho and Co believe that Gary Cahill had tracked back sufficiently and had a good chance of preventing Gomis from scoring what would have been an equalising goal.

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However, having reviewed the decision, the FA are set to stand by Oliver's decision meaning Courtois will be out for Chelsea's crucial Premier League clash against Manchester City.

Title decider

The Blues travel to the Etihad next weekend in what will be an early test for the reigning champions. Manuel Pellegrini's men will be looking to make up for last season's disappointing campaign and could go five points clear of their title rivals with a victory.

It means Asmir Begovic is set to make his full debut for Chelsea after arriving from Stoke City in the summer. He was brought in to replace Petr Cech, who joined Arsenal in a £10m deal.

The Bosnian has been the first-choice for Stoke City for the last three seasons and has plenty of experience in the Premier League.

Not missing Cech

"We don't miss Petr," Mourinho told reporters yesterday. "We've got a good keeper, the problem with Petr is not that we miss him because we have two excellent keepers.

"Thibaut and Asmir are two fantastic keepers. My club did very well by getting a keeper on time and not on the August 31.

"If my club gives me a keeper on August 31, then we have a problem not just for today but also for the next match. Unless the people understand that it's not a red card and they clear the suspension."

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