Football: Wenger suffers double blow

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The Independent Online
ARSENE WENGER'S disciplinary problems mounted yesterday when the Football Association turned down Arsenal's appeal against Patrick Vieira's three-match suspension, and now the reserve striker Fabian Caballero faces trial by video over alleged use of the arm against an opponent during Monday's FA Cup victory over Preston.

Vieira was dismissed after a similar offence on Monday last week during Arsenal's Premier ship victory over Charlton. The FA's disciplinary committee refused the appeal after viewing a video of the incident involving Neil Redfearn. The French midfielder starts his ban after Saturday's home game against Liverpool, and will miss the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wolves, and League matches against Nottingham Forest and Chelsea.

Caballero could face an FA disrepute charge after the Argentinian was captured on television apparently lashing out at Preston's Ryan Kidd during the third-round tie. Kidd fell after the incident, leaving Emmanuel Petit unmarked to score the third goal in Arsenal's 4-2 victory.

The referee, Dermot Gallagher, took no action but the incident was brought to the attention of the FA, which will study the pictures in conjunction with Gallagher's report. Gallagher recently overruled a mistaken red card for the Aston Villa goalkeeper, Michael Oakes, and is a supporter of using video evidence on appeals.

He could also be involved in Southampton's appeal against his dismissal of Ken Monkou during their FA Cup third-round draw with Second Division Fulham. Dave Jones, Southampton's manager, is unhappy that Gallagher showed Monkou a red card for what Jones considered to be simply a mistimed tackle on Rufus Brevett during the 1-1 draw at The Dell. Gallagher saw it as a two-footed tackle although television replays showed Monkou going in with one leg.

Derby have failed to have Paulo Wanchope's three-match ban overturned after the Costa Rican was sent off for violent conduct against Middlesbrough. He swung his arm at Andy Townsend as the two tangled, but Derby say the striker was trying to free himself.

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