UPDATE: As of 12:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. BST) Arsenal center-back Gabriel has been handed a one-match suspension and fined £10,000 by the Football Association after accepting the improper conduct ESPN FC is reporting. Gabriel was charge with improper conduct by the FA because of his reaction to his red card following his clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa. The FA dismissed his red card on appeal on Tuesday. Gabriel will miss the Gunners’ match this weekend at Leicester City.
English Premier League side Arsenal has won their appeal to the country’s Football Association (FA) over the first-half sending off of Gabriel last weekend. The Gunners’ center-back came to the defense of fellow center-back Laurent Koscielny after it appeared that Chelsea striker Diego Costa raked his fingers across his face and knocked him to the ground with a chest bump. Both Costa and Gabriel received yellow cards for the shoving match that ensued after the incident in the Arsenal penalty area.
After referee Mike Dean regained control of the match a short time later — just before Gunners’ goalkeeper Petr Cech restarted the match — Gabriel lifted his foot and caught Costa’s leg slightly. Costa, who’s known for winding players up, made the most of the situation by claiming to be the victim of a kick from Gabriel. Unfortunately for Gabriel, when his foot made contact with Costa’s leg it happened right in front of Dean and he was sent off.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger was furious with Costa’s behavior on the pitch and also said that Gabriel deserved to be sent off. Wenger said in his post match interview that he believed that Costa deserved “two red cards” and that he should have been sent off.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Costa did nothing wrong on the field and that what happened at the end of the first half is just the way the game is played. On Saturday, Mourinho said that Costa was “for him the Man of the Match.”
Fast-forward to today and a lot has changed. Arsenal filed an appeal with the FA to overturn Gabriel’s violent conduct red card and three-match suspension from all Premier League and FA Cup matches that are coming up. In their appeal, Arsenal claimed that Gabriel had been “wrongfully dismissed” from the match following the incident with Costa on September 19.
The Gunners released the following statement on their website that comes from the FA:
“Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”
“The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
“Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].”
“The player is currently subject to a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to Saturday’s game and has until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply,” via arsenal.com.
As the statement indicates, Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct by the FA for the incident with Costa and has until Thursday September 24 to respond. Costa has already been charged for the incident with Koscielny–which he denied, according to ESPN FC. The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission said — via the FA website — that the charge was proven through video and that Costa would serve the standard three-game ban effective immediately.
There is no word yet if Costa will also be facing a charge of improper conduct from the FA, and both Arsenal and Chelsea have been charged by the FA for not controlling their players during the incident. Both teams have until Thursday September 24 at 6 pm BST to respond.