Arsenal defender Gabriel has been banned for one match by The Football Association after admitting to a charge of improper conduct following his dismissal in the Premier League defeat to Chelsea. The 24-year-old reacted angrily to being sent off by Mike Dean, a red card which has since been rescinded, and will miss the trip to Leicester City on 26 September.
Gabriel has also been fined £10,000 after confronting a number of Chelsea players and failing to leave the field having being given his marching orders and is the latest individual to be reprimanded following a controversial game at Stamford Bridge. Striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches for his part in the episode, which saw him strike Laurent Koscielny.
"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Arsenal defender Gabriel will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct," an FA statement read.
"The charge relates to Gabriel's behaviour following his dismissal in or around the 45th minute of the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015]. The player, who requested a personal hearing, was also fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct."
New video evidence submitted by Arsenal to The FA saw Gabriel's three-match ban overturned, after Dean believed the Brazilian had been kicking out at Costa late in the first half of the 2-0 defeat for the Gunners. The decision to therefore punish the player for a reaction to a decision which has since proven to be unjust comes as a surprise.
"It just shows that they decided after the game what should have happened during the game," Wenger said in reaction to the original red card being overturned, according to Goal.com. "They repair 5% of the damage which has been done to us – instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11.
"I have watched the game again. There are some things that were really surprising in this game, some incidents were really handled very lightly and not seriously. It is better I don't talk too much because I am still angry about it.
"One or two situations in the game are very difficult to understand when you watch it again but I am in a job where I sometimes have to swallow things that are not right and maybe our opponents do sometimes as well. I said to you after the game that Gabriel should not have responded at all and I maintain that and I told him that, but when I saw it again, he did not do a lot, honestly."
Both Chelsea and Arsenal meanwhile are subject to further action from the authorities after failing to control their players during the game. The duo face a fine of between £20,000 and £30,000 after The FA imposed stricter rules regarding the confrontation of referees during the off season.