Gabriel red card rescinded by FA

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The FA have rescinded the red card shown to Arsenal defender Gabriel against Chelsea on Saturday.

Taking to Twitter, Arsenal have revealed that the Brazilian ace won't receive a three-game ban following his dismissal at Stamford Bridge. 

The 24-year-old was embroiled in controversy alongside Blues striker Diego Costa, where the defender appeared to kick out at the Spanish international during the first half in west London.


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Despite being shown his marching orders by referee Mike Dean, it now appears that the centre-back won't be ruled out of the club's upcoming fixtures. 

It has been revealed, however, that Gabriel is currently the subject of a different charge from the FA and must respond by 6pm on Thursday. 

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The FA statement read: "Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.

"Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].

"The player is currently subject to a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to Saturday's game and has until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply."


It's certainly a surprise that the FA have made this decision. Don't get me wrong, it's most definitely a good thing that they have taken it upon themselves to rescind the red card, but they must now stay consistent as they look to move forward.

Ultimately, it was hardly violent conduct from Gabriel as he flicked out at Costa, but it was a foolish act nonetheless. These types of bans have previously been upheld, so the FA must now continue in this fashion. It will certainly be interesting to see how this saga develops over the coming days. 

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