Arsenal to appeal Nketiah red card against Leicester
Arsenal are appealing against the red card that Eddie Nketiah was given in the 1-1 draw with Leicester.
The 21-year-old was sent off four minutes into his substitute appearance for catching James Justin with a mistimed lunge. Chris Kavanagh, the referee, initially issued a yellow card, but increased the punishment after the video assistant referee recommended that he review the decision on the pitchside monitor.
The decision proved costly for Mikel Arteta’s side as Jamie Vardy went on to score an equaliser.
Arteta was incensed because Vardy had escaped punishment shortly before half-time, despite catching Shkodran Mustafi in the face with a heel. The Daily Telegraph understands that the Var reviewed the challenge, but felt it was not worthy of a pitchside review.
“If that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes. That has to be a red,” Arteta said. The Football Association is due to make a decision on the appeal by the end of the week.