FA rescind Gabriel’s suspension

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Gabriel’s three-match ban for the red card picked up against Chelsea at the weekend has been withdrawn by the FA.

A statement from the FA about the decision to rescind the suspension reads:

Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.

Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].

The Brazilian is still the subject of a separate FA charge of improper conduct as a result of his refusal to leave the field of play on Saturday. He has until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply to the charge.

It’s great news for Arsenal, although admittedly it comes too late to do anything about Saturday’s defeat. Gabriel will be available for the trip to Sp*rs tomorrow and, for the time being, Arsenal’s subsequent domestic fixtures with Leicester and Manchester United.

The FA haven’t yet made a decision about Diego Costa who is facing a ban for violent conduct for his twattishness at the weekend.

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