Arsenal have revealed they are set to appeal the red card suspension of Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman was dismissed against Fulham with a heafty three match ban set to rule him out for majority of the remaining campaign.
Though referee Andre Marriner handed a straight red in the 90th minute of the 1-0 win at Craven Cottage, replays prove Giroud’s argument of his feet slipping prior to making contact with the ball, in which his his foot consequently continued over the ball and caught Stanislav Manolev.
Wenger stated after the game that the Frenchman had slipped at the moment he went for the ball, however a red card seemed fair in the context of Sidwell’s earlier challenge which was late and dangerous.
A statement on the clubs website read:
Arsenal Football Club have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud during the Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.
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The card seemed harsh on review but at the time it is understandable why he was dismissed. The point of the appeal is to clear the cards harsh suspension for dangerous play where it was in fact an accident and he gets mostly ball, so there is a chance the sentence could be reduced and the front man can be apart of Arsenal’s vital upcoming fixtures.