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Gabriel is hit by FA rap despite red card escape

By Staff Reporter

Arsenal defender Gabriel has been handed a one-match ban by the Football Association after accepting a charge of improper conduct.

The 24-year-old made headlines last weekend after clashing with Diego Costa and picking up a red card for kicking out at the Chelsea forward in the Gunners' ill-tempered 2-0 defeat.

The FA announced on Tuesday it had accepted Arsenal's challenge to referee Mike Dean's decision and withdrawn the three-match suspension, but the Brazilian defender has not escaped all punishment.

Gabriel has accepted a charge of improper conduct following the fall-out from his clash with Costa and will serve a one-match ban at Leicester today.

The separate charge relates to his conduct after being shown the red card by referee Dean.

"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," a statement from the FA 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."

The news is a blow to Arsenal ahead of the trip to in-form Leicester, but one manager Arsene Wenger admitted at the pre-match press conference he expected.

"He was sorry for what happened and very disappointed, but he is a fighter and his attitude in training the whole week was completely focused and motivated," the Gunners boss said.

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