Arsenal have confirmed that they have appealed the red card issued to Gabriel on Saturday, but the Brazilian is facing further punishment from The FA.
The club say they’ve appealed the sending off as a ‘wrongful dismissal’ but in a statement this afternoon, in which they confirm Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct for his assault on Laurent Koscielny, the game’s governing body have charged the Brazilian defender with ‘improper conduct’.
His reaction to being sent off has brought about the charge and it seems unlikely they’ll coutnenance any reduction when trying to punish him further.
The full statement reads:
Following the game between Chelsea and Arsenal on Saturday [19 September 2015], the FA has taken the following disciplinary action.
Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 22 September 2015) to reply.
Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees. Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.
Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst teammate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.
Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20.
Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply.
So, there you go. Good news that Costa is getting what he deserves, but the other charge and the warning for Santi seem unduly harsh.
Not that we’d expect anything less really.