Saturday, March 22, 2014
Koscielny escapes ban

Koscielny escapes ban

Laurent Koscielny’s chances of selection for France’s World Cup squad have been given a huge boost after L’Equipe claimed the centre-back will not face further punishment for his red card in Kiev during the first leg of France’s play-off with Ukraine.

Koscielny was sent off for a slap on Oleksandr Kucher (and subsequent argy-bargy) in injury-time of the 2-0 defeat and was banned from the return leg in which his teammates overcame the deficit to secure a place in Brazil.

Last week L’Equipe ran a story predicting Didier Deschamps squad for this summer’s showpiece tournament tipping Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud as ‘definite’ to travel but downgrading Koscielny to a ‘maybe’ given a potential extended ban. Thankfully for the Arsenal man he’s not been treated in the same way as Wayne Rooney, who missed the first two games of Euro 2012 following a retrospective punishment for a sending off in qualification.

The draw for the World Cup takes place on 8 December.



  1. I am fairly confident that Rooneys ban was extended largely because of his ugly face.

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  2. *6th December

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  3. Good news

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  4. Verified Gooner®

    Now that Kos is almost completely certain to be at the show in June, that’s about all the motivation he needs to keep this form going right until we’ve won the EPL and UCL.


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  5. I hate it when people get a light slap and pretend like they’ve been hit with a brick. Looking at you Joey Barton…

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    • Yeah the acting skills could make a little boy sigh. Or maybe Bosscielny can Bruce Lee men to the ground with a wave of his hand. Imagine what it feels like to get tackled by him…. BEAST

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  6. It’s good news and all, but how exactly does this solve all my Christmas present worries?

    Or is this not that?

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  7. I won’t be surprised if Flamini also gets a call up to the WC14 french squad.

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  8. What country is platini from again?

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  9. 8. December? I thought it was on the 6.

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  10. Ramseydent – it starts on the 6th, but the draw doesn’t happen till the 8th.

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  11. Blogs, World cup final draw is this Friday 6th!

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  12. Off topic, but is the Morata to Arsenal on a 6 month deal true?

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  13. I could imagine the face of a certain guy trying to take his place @ the WC right now. *sad stuffs for him*

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  14. Sweetie Koscielny almost banned for bad behavior?

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  15. sol (not campbell) eid

    For a second there I thought he was butting heads with per

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  16. Gr8 news another good defender in the clear

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  17. Hope his tackles wont cost us any more penno.

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  18. the way the team presses and gets men back behind the ball when we lose possession means Kos doesn’t need to go flying in with last ditch tackles like last season.

    So defence looks much better this year especially now that Flamini and Arteta are moping up most through balls through the middle and Bfg is handling all long balls very well too.

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