The English Football Association has dismissed Chelsea’s claim that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was wrongfully sent off in the game against Swansea on Saturday on Opening Day of the Premier League.
Chelsea submitted a wrongful dismissal claim after the game, but after an independent regulatory commission hearing on Tuesday, the FA announced that the one-match ban on Courtois stands.
In a story published on thefa.com it states that:
“The goalkeeper was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea’s game against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (8 August 2015).
“Therefore, the player’s one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.”
Courtois was handed the red card by referee Michael Oliver in the 52nd minute after bringing down Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis just inside the penalty area. Chelsea had a 2-1 lead at the time of Courtois’ sending off, but his replacement Asmir Begovic was unable to save the penalty by Gomis as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was clearly frustrated in the press conference after the game.
“Penalty, red card, one player less, 2-2,” Mourinho said. “[That] Obviously changes everything.”
Mourinho went on to talk about how he was proud of the fight they showed being down a man, but that they are not happy with the result.
“My record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible,” Mourinho said. I’ve never played for a draw. So if today we lose, we lose. But at home, a draw is only good in certain circumstances.”
Chelsea will be without Courtois when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Sunday.