Arsenal fans were left a bit shocked this afternoon after finding out that the FA had accepted their appeal and overturned Gabriel’s red card against Chelsea.
The decision means that the Brazilian will be available to face Tottenham tomorrow evening in the League Cup third round.
Arsenal used TV coverage from ESPN Brazil showing that Gabriel did not touch Costa. #afc
— Sam (@samuelJayC) September 22, 2015
The centre-back was sent off for apparently taking Diego Costa’s bait and kicking out at the Chelsea striker.
But the Gunners employed evidence from an unlikely source, after footage recorded from an alternative angle by ESPN Brazil showed that Gabriel made no contact with Costa.
An unreleased clip of Gabriel's kick by ESPN Brasil: http://t.co/ULVa7f4eVT
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) September 22, 2015
It’s a surprising turn of events in the affair in which there has been an outpouring of abuse for the Blues man, with some Arsenal supporters vowing to boycott Costa Coffee for the duration of Gabriel’s ban.
Perhaps the coffee chain will be breathing a little bit easier just now following the FA’s decision.