Arsenal have called for an appeal following Eddie Nketiah’s red card against Leicester City on Tuesday. Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming on from the bench for an untimely tackle on James Justin.
Referee Chris Kavanagh showed Nketiah a yellow card initially after he caught James Justin on the knee when he stretched for the ball. After a lengthy review from VAR, the referee revised his decision and handed Nketiah a red card after he checked for himself.
Nketiah is facing a three-match ban which will see him miss Arsenal’s next three fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and the FA Cup semifinal game against Manchester City at Wembley.
But Arsenal have launched an appeal to challenge the dismissal with hopes of getting the decision overturned on the grounds of wrongful dismissal or have the punishment reduced as they see the punishment to be excessive.
Arsenal will have to wait for the FA’s verdict to discover the result of their appeal before they face Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta feels the dismissal of Nketiah was harsh especially considering the fact that Vardy escaped a red card for catching the face of Mustafi with his stud before later scoring the equalizer.
‘The red card, he [Nketiah] cannot see the player, you have to understand he is a young kid,’ Arteta said. ‘If we review incidents of that type we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game for everybody. If Eddie is a red card for sure the other is a red card.’
Teammates Kieran Tierney added: ‘I had a view of the tackle. It looked accidental, I didn’t see it slowed like the referee but Eddie is not the player who would do anything like that.’