As expected Olivier Giroud will have to serve a three match ban for the red card picked up against Fulham after the FA dismissed Arsenal’s appeal.
Despite obviously slipping the French striker’s clumsy last-minute challenge on Stanislav Manolev has been deemed ‘serious foul play’ by an FA panel obviously preoccupied with a certain toothy, racist cannibal.
The decision means the Gunners will have to do without the HFB for games against Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan although he will be back for the last game of the season at Newcastle…the FA at least saw sense not to add to the ban as was potentially the case had they deemed Arsene’s appeal frivolous.
A statement from the FA reads:
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected.
“Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013.
“The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger plumps for Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski or even Gervinho in the central role. Who knows, he might troll us all and give Arshavin another run there.
In more positive news, the Premier League’s ‘Dubious Goals Panel’ has credited Giroud with Arsenal’s second goal against Norwich meaning he now has 17 for the season.