The FA have confirmed that a booking handed out to Thomas Vermaelen in the New Year’s Eve clash with Queens Park Rangers has been transferred to Laurent Koscielny after a case of on-pitch mistaken identity.
The Belgian was cautioned by referee Martin Atkinson in the first half at the Emirates after a hefty touchline challenge by Koscielny knocked a visiting Hoop out of play.
A statement from the FA reads:
“A caution for a foul tackle given to Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen during his side’s fixture against Queens Park Rangers on 31 December 2011 has been transferred to his Arsenal teammate Laurent Koscielny.
“This follows The FA exercising its right to request an Independent Regulatory Commission to review a case of mistaken identity.”
It certainly begs the question what would have happened if Vermaelen had picked up a second yellow in the game. As it turned out the auxiliary left-back was forced from the field with injury in the second half before we got a chance to find out.
If The FA would now like to give us the penalty for the foul on Gervinho against Fulham then we could have RVP down there to earn us a draw in a jiffy. Thanks.