Gabriel Paulista was unfairly given his marching orders against Chelsea last weekend, with Mike Dean making a hash of yet another Arsenal game. Thankfully the FA saw sense and rescinded the Brazilian’s ban retrospectively, but there are suggestions he could still face a separate ban, according to the Daily Star.
As the report suggests, Arsenal successfully appealed the violent conduct charges. Gabriel is still facing charges for improper conduct however, with the 24-year-old failing to leave the pitch immediately after being shown the red card – instead remaining on the field to continue arguing with Chelsea players.
Gabriel was visibly furious with both Diego Costa and the referee’s decision, but he still should have been professional enough to leave the field after being shown the red card. This is easier said than done of course, but Gabriel is facing charges nonetheless.
It’s hard to see him receiving an actual ban for his actions, and there certainly isn’t much of a precedent for a ban being imposed. Players are rarely banned for improper conduct, and a fine seems far more likely.
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There is of course the incident with Patrick Vieira back in 2002 (via The Guardian), when the former Arsenal star received a two match ban for insulting the referee. Gabriel didn’t appear to go anywhere near that far though, so will hopefully face a fine at the very most.