Arsenal to appeal Eddie Nketiah’s three-match ban for red card against Leicester on grounds of excessive punishment after Mikel Arteta felt his striker was harshly judged following tackle on James Justin
- Arsenal are appealing Eddie Nketiah’s three-match ban after he was sent off
- The Gunners will challenge the decision on the grounds of excessive punishment
- Nketiah was sent off for a mistimed challenge on Leicester’s James Justin
- Chris Kavanagh initially showed Nketiah a yellow card before upgrading to red
Arsenal have launched an appeal following Eddie Nketiah’s red card against Leicester.
Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming off the bench for a mistimed challenge on Leicester defender James Justin.
Chris Kavanagh initially showed Nketiah a yellow card after he caught Justin on the knee as he stretched for the ball.
Eddie Nketiah was sent off in the 75th minute for a mistimed challenge against Leicester
Mikel Arteta was furious his player was sent off but Jamie Vardy wasn’t for a similar offence
However Kavanagh upgraded the decision to a red after a lengthy VAR review and checking the incident again himself on the pitchside monitor.
Nketiah is facing a three-game ban which would leave Arsenal a striker down for their upcoming games against Tottenham, Liverpool and the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
But Arsenal are challenging Nketiah’s dismissal in the hope of getting the decision overturned on the grounds of wrongful dismissal or his ban reduced due to excessive punishment.
The FA have processes in place enabling them to fast-track appeals ensuring Arsenal will discover the result of their challenge before Sunday’s north London derby trip to Spurs.
Chris Kavanagh initially showed Nketiah a yellow card after he caught James Justin on the knee
But he upgraded the decision to a red after a lengthy VAR review on the pitch-side monitor
Arsenal head coach Arteta felt Nketiah’s dismissal was harsh especially with Jamie Vardy escaping a red card for catching Shkodran Mustafi in the face before he went on to score a late equaliser at The Emirates.
Arteta said: ‘The red card, he [Nketiah] cannot see the player, you have to understand he is a young kid.
‘If we review incidents of that type we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game for everybody. If Eddie is a red card for sure the other is a red card.’
Teammate Kieran Tierney said: ‘I had a view of the tackle. It looked accidental, I didn’t see it slowed like the referee but Eddie is not the player who would do anything like that.’