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Arsenal - Vermaelen Ban Upheld

Arsenal - Vermaelen Ban Upheld

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal today had their appeal against Thomas Vermaelen's red card turned down by the FA.

Vermaelen was sent off in the match last Saturday after the linesmen flagged for an offence as he and West Ham's Guillermo Franco tangled in the penalty area. The referee brandished a red card and awarded a penalty (that was subsequently saved by Almunia .... whooop).

The video replays showed that Franco hit the deck after very little contact, so Arsene and his staff decided to appeal in the hope of the Verminator being able to play against Birmingham this coming Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the ban was upheld.

'At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen was dismissed,' said the FA.

So that's that then. Two old men at the back at the weekend?



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Tuesday March 23 2010
Time: 6:16PM

Comments

0
So is that 2 games now then....*****ed
Dram
23/03/2010 18:47:00
0
Song and Silvestre at the back, campbell rested
bootoo
23/03/2010 18:48:00
0
No, it's not two games, it's still one. So much misinformation!!! Arrrgggghhh!
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 18:53:00
0
1 game ban.Misses Brum game
ajwb
23/03/2010 18:54:00
0
Your appeal was never going to be successful. It would have just further highlighted the ridiculous nature of the FA disciplinary system.
tuscan3000
23/03/2010 19:20:00
0
Where has this myth of the 2 match ban come from? It is ONE!!!!!!
julieloveshenry4ever
23/03/2010 19:32:00
0
Isn't everyone aware that Brum have to play tomorrow night? :-)
julieloveshenry4ever
23/03/2010 19:35:00
0
Even if Franco had blatantly dived to win the penalty and there was absolutely no contact, this appeal would still have been squashed. Though my initial reaction just after the Vermaelen red card was that we should appeal, I realise the futility of it all. The FA system tries to enforce respect for refrees and not earn it.
Deltaforce
23/03/2010 19:38:00
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And it's a disgrace that our red-free fair play record this season has been blighted by a poor refereeing decision. It was never a red. The FA are muppets. Not a bit of wonder there's turmoil at the top of that organization.
julieloveshenry4ever
23/03/2010 19:39:00
0
Apologies to everyone but I've started my rant, I need to finish it. I feel particularly sorry for Thomas who has had a superlative first season and been immense in the Arsenal colours. A committed and FAIR player who didn't deserve that decision to blot his copybook.
julieloveshenry4ever
23/03/2010 19:44:00
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