Ko­scielny’s FA Cup fi­nal ban up­held

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Arse­nal’s Lau­rent Ko­scielny will miss this week­end’s FA Cup fi­nal against Chelsea, it was con­firmed Tues­day, af­ter his appeal against a three-match ban was dis­missed by the Eng­land FA.

The 31-year-old French central de­fender was sent off against Ever­ton on Sun­day for a reck­less first-half chal­lenge on En­ner Va­len­cia.

De­spite his ab­sence, Arse­nal still ended their Premier League sea­son with a 3-1 home win, al­though re­sults else­where meant they failed to qual­ify for Europe’s lu­cra­tive Cham­pi­ons League.

Ko­scielny’s ab­sence is a fur­ther set­back for Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger, with the Gun­ners boss al­ready hav­ing fit­ness doubts over two other de­fend­ers in Gabriel and Shko­dran Mustafi ahead of Satur­day’s fi­nal against Premier League cham­pi­ons Chelsea at Wem­b­ley.

The stan­dard sus­pen­sion for Ko­scielny’s red-card of­fence is a three-game ban and he will now start to serve this with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, miss­ing the Cup fi­nal and Arse­nal’s open­ing two do­mes­tic fix­tures of next sea­son.

“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).” AFP

Arse­nal’s Lau­rent Ko­scielny was sent off against Ever­ton on Sun­day.

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