Thibaut Courtois ban appeal turned down
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will face a one-match ban after the Belgian goalkeeper’s red card appeal was turned down by the FA, according to ESPNFC. Courtois was shown the card after denying Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis a clear cut goal scoring opportunity when he collided with the player at the edge of the penalty box.
According to the rules, a player may only be shown the red card if his foul denied the opponent a clear cut goalscoring opportunity. Chelsea appealed against the ban under the presumption that the Belgian shot stopper had not denied a clear-cut chance, but upon review it was decided that despite Chelsea’s appeal there was little evidence to support their claim that it was in fact not a goalscoring opportunity.
The FA released a statement on its website saying: "A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by Chelsea in relation to Thibaut Courtois has been unsuccessful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today.
"The goalkeeper was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea's game against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Aug. 8, 2015). Therefore, the player's one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.
"For a club to be successful with a claim of wrongful dismissal, it must prove to an Independent Regulatory Commission via written and/or video evidence that the match referee made an obvious error."
With Petr Cech on the other side of London playing for Arsenal, Chelsea will have to play newly acquired keeper Asmir Begovic in the upcoming match against Manchester City.
Asmir Begovic will be looking to prove his worth to Chelsea fans
Begovic who moved from Stoke this summer will be hoping to use this as a chance to prove his worth to Chelsea. Although he was bought as a second choice goalkeeper, a convincing performance might help get regular goalkeeping action.
The 28-year old Bosnian left the Britannia stadium this year after completing five years at the club, during his time with the Potters he became their number one shot stopper. In the 2013 season he was awarded Stoke’s Player of the Year award.
The Bosnian even boasts a clean sheet from just last season against the Sky Blues having kept the side out during Stoke’s 1-0 win at home last season.