Both Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain avoid FA ban
Neither Gibbs nor Oxlade-Chamberlain to serve Football Association ban after red-card blunder
Associated Press
2014-03-25 03:22 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal has succeeded in ensuring that neither Kieran Gibbs nor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be suspended following Saturday's red-card blunder at Chelsea.

Gibbs was sent off by referee Andre Marriner instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had committed the handball.

The FA decided on Monday to transfer Gibbs' red card to Oxlade-Chamberlain. But Arsenal succeeded in having that offense rescinded, claiming the midfielder had not prevented a clear goal-scoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea's Eden Hazard looked to be going wide.

The FA accepted Arsenal's argument, so both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to face Swansea on Tuesday.

Arsenal was already trailing 2-0 when Gibbs was sent off, and went on to lose 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.

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