Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny could be facing an lengthy ban from FIFA following his red card for France in their first leg World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
A FIFA hearing will take place on Thursday where the defender will learn his fate for next year’s World Cup. FIFA may decide to ban Koscielny for more than the one match ban he received for pushing and opponent in the tie against Ukraine. The Arsenal defender missed the second leg through an automatic ban but there could be more to follow if FIFA decide to extend the ban to future competitive games which means he could miss some games in the World Cup. Off course this would then hinge on if French coach Didier Deschamps decides to pick Koscielny for the World Cup squad.
French paper L’Equipe report: “Laurent Koscielny still does not know how many matches he will be suspended. FIFA will investigate his case Thursday and could decide whether or not to extend the suspension.
“If more than one match suspension, Koscielny could therefore miss the first match(es) in Brazil if Didier Deschamps selects.”
If Koscielny receives a ban that extends to the World Cup, it could mean that Deschamps opts not to pick him at all as there could be no point picking a player who will miss some games.
It would be great to see as many Arsenal players in Brazil as possible!