Mikel: Gunners to blame
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Obi Mikel blames Arsenal for Sunday's brawl, despite his red card being upheld.
Jon Obi Mikel claims he blames Arsenal for the Carling Cup final brawl as the fall out from Sunday's clash continues.
Chelsea midfielder Mikel was one of three players shown a red card for the late scuffle - Arsenal's Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor being the other two.
The Football Association threw out an expectant Mikel's appeal on Tuesday and the player will now serve a four-match ban that he claims he does not deserve.
"My red card was very harsh," said Mikel. "I didn't touch Toure at all. I kept my hands down completely - he attacked me. I had to defend myself.
"I am really sorry to have let my team-mates and the fans down by getting sent off. But I feel I didn't deserve the red card.
"It's too bad such an ugly thing happened but it has been blown out of all proportion by the Arsenal players."