Arsenal may have been beaten comprehensively by Chelsea on Saturday; however, the Football Association have tried their best to soften the blow for the Gunners.
Arsenal centre-back Gabriel was deservedly sent off after kicking out at Diego Costa during a scuffle in the first half; however, in a quite baffling turn of events, the Brazilian's red card has now been overturned by the FA.
The decision is made all the more confusing considering the controversy surrounding Saturday's events revolved around the actions of Costa in the run up to Gabriel's red, not the obvious action to dismiss the defender.
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The 24-year-old was dismissed for violent conduct - a decision that fans and pundits across the country believed to be fair.
I don't think any genuine football fan really even debated whether Gabriel should've been sent off. Of course intentionally kicking another player is a red card, right?
In fact, the Brazilian actually received a yellow for scuffing with Costa, and an additional straight red for the kick. All of this has been obnoxiously swept under the carpet by the FA, however.
Costa, on the other hand, is left to take the full brunt of FA punishment, who have ruled that in fact the only violent conduct evident in Saturday's tie came from the striker and the Spaniard has now been handed a respective three-match ban.
Essentially, the FA have completely disregarded Mike Dean's judgement and fully taken matters into their own hands.
Campaign against Chelsea?
Is it a campaign against Chelsea? Probably not, but sometimes it feels that way. There's certainly a harsher judgement on Costa
I want to pose a question: were the shoe on the other foot, and Costa had kicked Gabriel, would we have had the same decision from the FA? Of course not.
The FA have made it very clear that they're basing their rulings on the reputation of the player, which is a very dangerous system.
Does this ruling now mean that players coming up against Costa have the freedom to have a little kick or a punch at the striker if provoked?
Surely, that's now what the FA are encouraging?
FA's decision is an injustice
I'm not trying to justify Costa's actions because they were obviously unacceptable and perhaps the FA were right to take action there. However, we have to maintain a fair playing ground and deeming Gabriel to be completely innocent is an injustice.
I'd be interested to hear what a Jose Mourinho has to say on the matter; however, a fear of another FA ban will almost certainly silence the Special One.
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