Arsenal have confirmed they will appeal the straight red card shown to Olivier Giroud for his dopey injury-time challenge on Stanislav Manolev in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham.
While the striker’s left foot clearly went over the ball and made contact with the Cottager’s right-back it does appear the Frenchman’s clumsiness was compounded by a slip on the turf just as he went to put his foot on the ball.
A statement from Arsenal reads:
“Arsenal Football Club have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud during the Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
“An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.”
As things stand Giroud is facing a three game ban which will rule him out of the matches with Manchester United, QPR and Wigan.
Despite the ‘mitigating’ circumstances, and it’s pretty damn obvious he does slip, Arseblog News can’t see this appeal being successful. Perhaps the HFB can at least console himself with the fact he’ll always have SEX appeal. Yeah…we’re getting our coat.