Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will serve a one-match ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct in the game against Chelsea last weekend.
Gabriel was sent off in the game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Saturday after taking a cheap shot at Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Gabriel and Costa were both handed yellow cards after an altercation after Gabriel had stepped in after Costa had sent Laurent Koscielny to the ground with a chest bump.
Gabriel stepped in and things got heated between Gabriel and Costa. When play resumed, Gabriel tried to kick Costa in the shins, and Costa started screaming at referee Mike Dean. Dean gave Gabriel a straight red, sending Gabriel into a rage. He failed to leave the pitch in a civil manner, and although the FA rescinded the red card, he will still miss one game for improper conduct. The Brazilian defender was also fined £10,000.
The FA released the following statement on their website on Friday:
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Arsenal defender Gabriel will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct.
“The charge relates to Gabriel’s behaviour following his dismissal in or around the 45th minute of the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].
“The player, who requested a personal hearing, was also fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.”
He will not be in the lineup when Arsenal takes on Leicester City on the road on Saturday.