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Manchester City make decision on Rodri red card appeal as Arsenal fate revealed



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Rodri is set to miss Manchester City’s next three domestic fixtures after the Premier League champions decided not to appeal his red card against Nottingham Forest.

The Spanish international received a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor during the 2-0 win over Steve Cooper’s side after becoming engaged in an altercation with midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White just 40 seconds into the second-half.

Rodri was adjudged to have raised both of his hands towards the throat of Gibbs-White by both on-field referee Taylor, and those reviewing the incident at the Video Assistant Referee hub away from the Etihad Stadium.

Now, Manchester City have made their decision on whether to appeal the decision made on Saturday afternoon, which will keep Rodri out of the club’s next three matches in domestic football this season.

As per confirmation from Jack Gaughan of MailSport, Manchester City have decided now to appeal the decision to send off Rodri for violent conduct at the Etihad Stadium, meaning he will miss their mammoth Premier League encounter away to Arsenal next month.

Rodri will also miss the upcoming Carabao Cup third round tie against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night, and the trip to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League this weekend.

Pep Guardiola has already been quizzed on his take surrounding the incident involving Rodri, previously admitting that he would personally not want to appeal the decision, but feels a three-match ban is too harsh on his defensive midfield mainstay.

Speaking after the victory against Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon, Guardiola explained, “For me, it’s not three games, that’s another point, but rules are rules… But he has to learn, and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”