Tuesday 21 November 2017

Laurent Koscielny to miss FA Cup final following unsuccessful red-card appeal

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a challenge on Everton's Enner Valencia
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a challenge on Everton's Enner Valencia

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday's win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old received a straight red card for his reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia and will therefore miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea and the first two domestic fixtures of next season.

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 despite his dismissal, but his confirmed absence is a further disappointment for manager Arsene Wenger, who also has fitness concerns over fellow defenders Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi.

"Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful," an FA statement read.

"The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday (21 May 2017).

"An independent regulatory commission heard the case today (Tuesday 23 May 2017)."

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