Arsenal successful in appealing Gabriel's red card vs. Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has had a three-match ban for violent conduct withdrawn by the English Football Association following a successful appeal by the club after his red card against Chelsea.
But the FA said Tuesday that the 24-year-old Brazilian still faces a separate charge of improper conduct as he did not leave the pitch immediately after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean on Saturday.
He has until 1700 GMT on Thursday to appeal that charge.
Gabriel was dismissed on the stroke of halftime after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, as Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Costa has since been charged by the FA for violent conduct toward Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, which was missed by referee Dean during the game.
Both clubs have also been charged for failing to control their players following the ill-tempered match, where Arsenal also had midfielder Santi Cazorla sent off in the second half.
But the removal of Gabriel's three-match suspension makes him available for Arsenal's third round League Cup tie against fierce north London rival Tottenham on Wednesday.