Chelsea set to lose appeal to overturn Thibaut Courtois ban

Chelsea aren’t expected to succeed in overturning the red card shown to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea this weekend, the Daily Star reports.

The Belgian international was given his marching orders shortly into the second half on Saturday after bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis in the area. The France international then scored from the resulting spot kick.

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on the incident directly after the match, but The Blues did lodge an official appeal with the FA on Monday.

However, it is believed that referee Michael Oliver’s decision is set to be upheld, with the FA reportedly pleased with his performance and believe him to be the natural successor to Howard Webb.

Should Chelsea fail to overturn the decision, Courtois will have to serve out his one-match ban during their clash with fellow title contenders Manchester City this weekend.

That means that summer signing Asmir Begovic will be in line to make his league debut with the Champions, with rookie Jamal Blackman deputising on the bench.

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