Laurent Koscielny has had his appeal against the red card he was given by Michael Oliver against Everton on Sunday rejected.

  • Kos sent off against Toffees for ‘serious foul play’
  • Had appeal for ‘wrongful dismissal’ rejected
  • Will serve three-match ban and miss FA Cup final

In the 14th minute, slack-jawed Arsenal fans watched on in horror as one of their key men slid in for what initially appeared to be a terrible challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia.

It was completely unnecessary since the Gunners were 1-0 up and cruising.

Oliver wasted no time in showing Koscielny a straight red card and sending the captain from the pitch.

Although Arsenal managed to extend their lead and win the match 3-1, most were nonplussed over why Kos felt the need to slide in for a tackle like that when his side had the game completely under control.

In the replay, the challenge didn’t look as bad but when it first happened, you couldn’t really blame Oliver was showing red.

As a result, the France international has had his appeal rejected and he misses Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

“Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful,” read the statement.

“The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday [21 May 2017].

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard the case today [Tuesday 23 May 2017].”