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Arsenal: Vermaelen Suspension Update

Arsenal's Vermaelen

By Fab4.

Yesterday Arsenal beat West ham 2-0 at the Emirates to go top of the  premier league but this usually joyous occasion was dampened by the sending off of Thomas Vermaelen for an innocuous challenge on Franco, with the West Ham striker falling theatrically to the deck under the slightest of contact for the Arsenal defender.

Just to clarify how many games Vermaelen will be suspended for: 1 game. The FA Rulebook states the following:

Player Sent Off Under Law 12 (4) and (5) – Denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity
will be suspended for 1 match, fined £20 and be subject to 2 penalty points

This news will come as a huge relief to many Gooner’s who were shuddering at the thought of Campbell and Silvestre being left with the responsibility of marshaling our backline against Birmingham, Wolves and more importantly the Spuds.

Arsene Wenger has also suggested he may play Song at the back after his superb performance there during the second half against the Hammers. I would prefer that option to be honest, but at least it’s only one game we have to worry about.



  1. irish gooner

    March 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

    its 1 game 2 many,ders minamal contact red card my fuck,how many games will gerrard miss for elbowing brown,epl is a joke of a league refs who are utter shit decide these things and its killing english football,hope england go out in group stage at world cup,fucking hopless refs,really very bad decisions week in/out,it has to stop,fuckin disgrace to football them english refs,it really is pathetic at that level

  2. dilly

    March 21, 2010 at 11:21 am


  3. Icedre218

    March 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thank god it is only one game. But I think it will be Song and Silvestre at CB next week against Birmingham, cos Sol takes a full week to recover and Wenger will want him to play against Barca.

  4. tom

    March 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

    gonna really struggle with that £20 fine

  5. anom

    March 21, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Err no shit, it was always a one game ban.

    Pointless article

    • Football Talk

      March 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Some fans thought it was 3 games, so the article is here to clear up an confussion for those who didn’t know.

    • GobiLux

      March 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      At ESPN they kept saying it was a 3-match ban. Their pundits know even less about football then Sky’s do!

  6. Harry Barracuda

    March 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I hope he can afford the 20 quid fine though, or they might make it more….

  7. king gooner

    March 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    espn are a bunch of c***ts-they were literally gagging for a 3 match ban-they & in particular that tosser of a commentator”jon champion”hate leasy shaka was FAIR…

  8. Julius

    March 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Buddy thats real shit pliz may the English referees fadeup with the that habit of ruling the game

  9. Not a Red Card

    March 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Will TV get time to pay?

  10. StrugaArsenal

    March 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    £20!!!!???? heheheh
    thats funny , at our league 2 of fucking nowhere (Macedonia ) for a red card we have to pay from 50eu-250eu .

  11. we`ll shit em

    March 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    ESPN wankers were also going on about how almunia was an inch off his line on the penalty. When utd scummers do it they choose 2 ignore it then start licking rooneys ring piece and hanging out of fergies back door

  12. vinagunner

    March 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    £20….hehehe, surely this is a joke ;-D

  13. goonergerry

    March 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I can live with this refereeing interpretationif there is consistency and fairness in the EPL.
    But in England referees are hideously biased towards Manchester United.
    Just compare the refereeing in this game with the refereeing of the Manchester United Liverpool game. Yet another gifted penalty from an incident which started outside of the area, a whole barrage of biased interpretations and decisons in Uniteds favour.
    Is it any wonder that they are top of the league every year.

  14. saminator

    March 22, 2010 at 5:53 am

    and sky commentators were full of so much hype about how the ref in the manure-pool game is the best in england and going to the world cup! bollocks.

  15. kassa

    March 22, 2010 at 7:03 am

    The England referreeing is becoming the worst and the worst. speicaly
    agnest Arsenal and helping man un. I hate the EpL. I LOVE arsenal fc..
    better football is spian la lega.

  16. MikeSA

    March 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

    The reason manusa have won so much silverware is the constant “assistance” they get from referees, not only in their own games, but also in games involving their rivals (like refs trying to get Arsenal to drop points).

    The reason the “authorities” don’t want video or technical assistance brought into the game is that it will limit their ability to control the outcome of games, otherwise known as cheating.

  17. Mbiriyawaka

    March 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

    True, that some of us needed this clarification, I also thought it was going to be a three match ban. Thanks for the clarification.

  18. Anon

    March 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for the clarification. What are the 2 penalty points about?

  19. Oyelowo

    March 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for explanation on TV red card. There should be kind of purnishnent to these match officials. I pray that FIFA will avoid EPL referees at this coming world cup.

  20. Oyelowo

    March 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for explanation on TV red card. There should be kind of purnishnent to these match officials. I pray that FIFA will avoid some of EPL referees at this coming world cup.

  21. Phatrick

    March 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Look at the FIFA rankings you will see there are no EPL refs int the top group….kinda makes sense

  22. engdawork

    March 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    the ref is far away,the line ref should helped him,but any ways both refers are fucked up. Bitch

  23. Shimelis W.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

    frakly speaking I feel that the preamier league refs have got some problem with Arsenal fc. why Vermy penalized even 4 a game. shame on the ref.

  24. james kaitaba. uaganda.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I agree with mike, manu is always winning not deservedly but, with the aid of poor refreing in england, if not poor perhaps intentionally. i wd not be surprised if the aid still hands them the trophy this season.
    The FA shd get refrees fron else where in europe for top clash matches.

  25. aid still hands them the trophy this season.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    wd not be surprised if the

  26. Smudger

    March 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    £20?! Well there goes our transfer budget.

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