Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will face a three match ban following his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected, by the FA over his sending off against Fulham over the weekend. The Frenchman was sent off by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, for jumping into a challenge with Stanislav Manolev. The Gunner’s decided to appeal against the ban, but following an hearing today the appeal has been rejected, meaning Giroud will miss three of Arsenal’s last four Premier League matches.
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected,” an FA statement read. “Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’ game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013.
“The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect”
The suspension will come as a huge blow for Arsenal’s Champions League opes, as the twenty-six-year-old has already scored seventeen goals for the Gunners since joining the club from Montpellier last summer. Giroud will miss Arsenal’s crucial match against Manchester United on Sunday, and their Premier League matches against Queens Park Rangers. The Gunners currently sit one point above Chelsea in third place, and will have to rethink their attacking options until Giroud is eligible to play again, on the final day of the season against Newcastle United.