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FA reject Arsenal’s Vermaelen ban appeal

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By Fab4.

The FA have announced they have rejected Arsenal’s appeal against Thomas Vermaelen’s sending off against West Ham. Vermaelen was sent-off after being adjudged to have brought-down Hammers striker Franco inside the box. The defender will be suspended for one game and will now miss Arsenal’s game against Birmingham on Saturday.

The statement read:

“At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen was dismissed.

“Vermaelen was shown a red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during Arsenal’s match against West Ham United on Saturday 20 March.”He will now serve a one match suspension with immediate effect.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was hopeful he could call upon Vermaelen as William Gallas is still struggling with a calf injury and Sol Campbell can’t be relied upon to complete 2 games in 4 days, and Wenger would want a fit Campbell for Arsenal’s Champions League match against Barcelona the following Wednesday, leaving Mikel Silvestre as their only recognised centre back. Although he has hinted he could use Alex Song at centre half after his impressive second half display against West Ham.

I don’t really know why we bothered to appeal, the FA never change their minds on these kind of things. They don’t like to admit their referee’s get it wrong. So no Vermaelen for Birmingham away, but Song and Silvestre should be able to keep them at bay. I really don’t see Arsene picking Sol with the Barcelona game a few days later, if he does maybe it’s a sign of where his loyalty’s lay this season.

Should the FA have accepted Arsenal’s appeal and let Vermaelen off? Please leave your comments below……



  1. FabGooner

    March 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Just glad its only one match and not at additional match for a “frivolous appeal”.

    Loved the way TV just walked off without confronting the referee. Would Terry, Ferdinand or Carra have just walked off?
    No chance. But why shld the media highlight TV’s professionalism? He isn’t english

  2. Mesh (United Fan)

    March 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I think it was unfair and really he should have not been sent off in the first place – THE FA should reconise this. but its good for United so just need to see if Arsenal scrap through.

  3. Tom, Romford

    March 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    It was clear to me that Referee Atkinson was looking to make his mark in any ‘denying a goal scoring opportunity’ scenario, after some recent incidents illuminated by TV. Even though he wasn’t even the same half as the incident and also in a poor position he made the wrong call! The FA will always back their official, what does it matter to them if Vermaelen suffers an injustice.

  4. Ammaar, Arsenal fan

    March 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This is absolutely outrageous!
    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Arsene Wenger complains for the next few days!
    Vermaelen was not denying a goal scoring oppurtunity – Guillermo Franco fell down.
    If anything, the most the Referee should have given Vermaelen a yellow card!
    This really is dreadful news, and I really do think that Arsenal Football Club, and Vermaelen will be fuming! I don’t blame them!

  5. Neil Leathers

    March 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    How could it have been seen as a frivolous appeal? If that was a foul we should be seeing at least 2 or 3 penalties per game from now on.
    And if Arsenal win anything this season after all of the awful injuries and bad calls they’ve had it’ll go down as the greatest achievement in UK footy history.

  6. Jason

    March 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I think we just have to laugh and get on with it. Everyone knows how pathetic and useless the FA are. They haven’t got a brain between the lot of them. Every time they make a decision it’s wrong, even the easy ones. Similar to the referees i suppose.


    March 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    i think the club did the right thing by appealing the red card but we all know that the FA don’t like accepting their mistakes. but vamaelen missing Birmingham game wont cause Arsenal much problem.

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