Olivier Giroud faces a ban after being sent off last night.
Olivier Giroud was rightly angered last night, after being sent off following a controversial incident with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti.
Already carrying a yellow card, Giroud challenged the Italian midfielder for possession, after which Verratti dramatically fell to the floor. The PSG player quickly began protesting in the direction of the referee, before Marquinhos pushed the Arsenal forward.
Despite little or no contact being made with Giroud, Verratti then fell to the ground for the second time, resulting in both players being booked and leaving Giroud on the receiving end of a red card.
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Speaking after the game, Giroud bitterly protested his innocence in The Guardian, claiming that Marco Verratti made the most of the incident to get him sent off.
I’d already been booked so didn’t want to make trouble.
I made a small challenge on Verratti but he threw himself on to the ground. I didn’t understand, so I asked him: “What are you doing?”
Then he got up quickly and Marquinhos pushed me from behind. I don’t know how Verratti fell over a second time. I didn’t go looking for trouble so it’s frustrating.
I think that the referee was tricked. Verratti was also on a yellow, so I was surprised by his behaviour.
However despite the evidence supporting Giroud, Arsenal will be unable to appeal the referee’s decision. According The Mirror, UEFA cannot overturn the red card unless “the referee’s error was to mistake the identity of the player”.
This means the unfortunate Giroud banned for one game, and leaves Arsenal without their first choice striker for their crucial tie with Basel in two weeks time.