Arsenal have won their appeal against Gabriel’s red card after reportedly submitting ‘extra video evidence’ in support of the Brazilian defender.
The Daily Mail claim that footage submitted by the Gunners casts doubt on a) the intent of Gabriel’s kick and b) the contact made on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Gabriel will not serve a three-match ban for the red card – issued by Mike Dean in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – but could still serve a suspension if found guilty of improper conduct because of his failure to leave the pitch.
An FA statement reds: ‘Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an independent regulatory commission hearing.
‘The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.
‘Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].
‘The player is currently subject to a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to Saturday’s game and has until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply.’
Costa will serve a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct for his clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.