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FA Rights A Wrong Or Two; Ox And Gibbs Both Available

The FA took time away from their nine-course brunch to rule on some stuff.

A rare photo of a player actually arguing to get a red card
A rare photo of a player actually arguing to get a red card

You've all seen it and we've all talked about it.  Andre Marriner sent off the wrong player on Saturday.  It didn't make a difference to the outcome of the game, but it was still a sore point that needed addressing.  The FA has also talked about it this morning, though, and their talk bore fruit - there will be no ban of either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Kieran Gibbs after Saturday's incident.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>.<a href="">@KieranGibbs</a> and <a href="">@Alex_OxChambo</a> are available for <a href=";src=hash">#AFCvSCFC</a> following an FA meeting: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) <a href="">March 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Gibbs was mistakenly sent off, despite Alex actually telling the ref he was at fault, but Arsenal also challenged the red card on the grounds that the shot was well wide of the post, and thus not a denial of a goal scoring opportunity; the FA, surprisingly, agreed with that and in addition to righting the wrong, it overturned the card.

So, both Alex and Kieran will be available for tomorrow's game against Swansea, which can't help but help.