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FA upholds Koscielny ban ahead of FA Cup final

Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Enner Valencia. Credit: PA

Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal's FA Cup final clash with Chelsea through suspension after the FA rejected Arsenal's an against the red card he received against Everton on Sunday.

The France international was shown a straight red card by referee Michael Oliver for a reckless tackle on Enner Valencia in the 14th minute at the Emirates Stadium, and will serve a three-match ban that carries over to the next Premier League campaign.

FA vows 'enhanced security operation' for FA Cup final

Around 90,000 football fans will be at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Credit: PA

The Football Association has revealed there will be an "enhanced security operation" in place for Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley following the Manchester bomb attack, and advised Chelsea and Arsenal supporters to arrive at the stadium well before kick-off.

Fan safety is of paramount important and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events.

All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

– FA spokesman


Mourinho surprised by Chelsea's style

Mourinho's comments have angered many Chelsea fans. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at Chelsea, admitting that he has been surprised by how much his former team have relied on defence and counter-attacks under Antonio Conte this season.

Chelsea will take on Mourinho's Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at stake on Monday, and are chasing a double after building a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

I'm not surprised [by Chelsea's success]. I'm surprised with the way they play.

I'm surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football.

I think they are very good defensively and I think they have fantastic players to be a counter-attack team and to kill opponents with three or four players.

– Mourinho to Football Focus


Guardiola praises Man City for 'complicated' FA Cup run

Guardiola watched his Manchester City team dominate Middlesbrough and earn a 2-0 win. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola claimed that Manchester City have had a harder road to the FA Cup semi-finals than most after watching his team dispatch Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

Goals in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero wrapped up the win for an impressive City, who spurned numerous opportunities to make the scoreline more emphatic.

We're so happy to be through because to reach the semi-finals of this competition is so complicated.

We played all our games away - against three Premier League sides and one of the best in the Championship, so a big compliment to the team.

We produced a good performance today. We were there from the first minute. The first goal was important but it was down to how we approached the game.

Now we recover good to play another final on Wednesday.

– Guardiola to BT Sport

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