Belfast Telegraph

Jack Wilshere's ban is reduced to two games

Jack Wilshere's ban for his red card in Arsenal's Under-23 match with Manchester City has been reduced to two games on appeal.

The Gunners midfielder, who is working his way back to full match fitness after breaking his leg while on loan at Bournemouth last season, was sent off during the second half of Arsenal's 4-3 win over City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The England international reacted angrily to a foul from City's Tyreke Wilson as a skirmish between the two sets of players broke out.

The Football Association confirmed to Press Association Sport that Arsenal had appealed the dismissal on two grounds - wrongful dismissal and excessive punishment.

An independent disciplinary commission ruled out the wrongful dismissal claim but upheld the appeal of excessive punishment and Wilshere's ban has therefore been reduced from three games to two.

He is not banned from any first-team matches but is yet to feature in Arsene Wenger's side this season.

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