France attacker will now miss the club’s next three games.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has appeal against red card at Fulham rejected #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 23, 2013
Arsenal have lost their appeal against the red card shown to front man Olivier Giroud in Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Fulham, reports Sky Sports on twitter.
The France international was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Mariner in the latter stages of the North Londoners’ key win at Craven Cottage, after catching the home side’s Bulgarian full-back Stanislav Manolev on the ankle.
And, despite the fact that the 26-year-old attacker appeared to slip just prior to making the ugly-looking challenge, the man in the middle still opted to give the player his marching orders to Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger’s disbelief.
Consequently, the London giants opted to appeal the decision, however, The Football Association decided to support Mariner and rejected Arsenal’s appeal on Tuesday.
As a result, Arsenal are now set to lose their key forward, who has found the back of the net on 11 occasions in just 33 Premier League matches so far this season, and 17 times in all competitions in only 46 games, for three top-flight encounters at an absolutely critical juncture in the season.