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Chelsea to appeal Courtois red card

Chelsea will appeal against the red card shown to Thibaut Courtois against Swansea City on Saturday.

Chelsea's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, arriving ahead of the Premiership match against Swansea City on 8 August 2015. Picture: Chelsea/Facebook.

LONDON - Premier League champions Chelsea have decided to appeal against the red card shown to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City, according to several media reports on Monday.

The 23-year-old was dismissed in the 52nd minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis as he raced through on goal in the opening-day fixture.

France forward Gomis went on to equalise from the resulting penalty.

If the appeal is unsuccessful Courtois will be replaced by close-season signing Asmir Begovic for Sunday's trip to Manchester City who finished second in the league last season.