In what was surely a ‘Sod it, we’ve nothing to lose’ move, Arsenal appealed the ref card issued to Laurent Koscielny in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton – footage here.
The French international was dismissed in the 14th minute for a reckless challenge on Enner Valencia, but his importance to the team – and the fact it was for the final game of the season – prompted the club into an appeal.
That was rejected today by the FA who issued a statement saying:
“Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful.
“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 23 May 2017].”
Arsenal could be facing a defensive crisis after Gabriel suffered a knee injury in the same game, while Shkodran Mustafi missed out due to a concussion picked up in the 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Koscielny’s three match ban will also mean he misses the opening two Premier League games of next season.