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Arsenal ask for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang red card three-game ban to be reduced

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/01/2020 Simon Collings
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Arsenal are hoping to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-game ban from his sending-off against Crystal Palace reduced.

The striker was sent off during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park after VAR ruled his tackle on Max Meyer should be upgraded from a yellow to red card.

Aubameyang now faces a three-game ban for his dismissal, but Arsenal are hoping the length of his absence from the team could be reduced.

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The Gunners are not looking to have the Gabon international’s red card completely overturned, but they can ask the FA to have his punishment reduced.

Such a claim would fall under the FA’s regulation of a ban being deemed excessive punishment and Arsenal can lobby for it to be reduced.

Aubameyang is currently due to miss Saturday’s match with Sheffield United, Tuesday’s trip to Chelsea and the club’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Bournemouth.

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The striker’s case will be heard by a regulatory commission and their consideration will be whether the standard punishment should not be imposed.

Aubameyang, who has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, has been in fine form this season and is Arsenal’s top scorer with 16 goals to his name.

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