Birmingham midfielder Damien Johnson has lost his appeal against his sending-off in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and will have to serve a three-match ban.
The Northern Ireland international was given his marching orders by referee Uriah Rennie after his challenge on Reds defender Daniel Agger.
Blues made representations to the Football Association and hoped the red card would be rescinded after viewing video footage of the incident.
But an FA disciplinary commission has rejected the plea for wrongful dismissal and Johnson is deemed guilty of ’serious foul play.’
It means the former Blackburn player will miss Saturday’s home Premiership clash with Arsenal, next Tuesday’s FA Cup replay with Reading and the clash at West Ham on February 13.
It is a further blow to City boss Steve Bruce who is already without injured midfielders David Dunn, Neil Kilkenny and Nicky Butt against the Gunners.
Bruce was disappointed with the outcome and said: “We all see things differently but TV shows there was no real malice in the challenge.
“There were two players going for the ball, a ball which was off the floor, and I am disappointed with the outcome.
“Yes, Damien has caught Agger but he has also played the ball as well. If you look at Damien’s follow through, he tries to keep his foot off the lad rather than go through him. I was hoping the panel would look at it that way.”
Johnson admitted he was shocked by the decision.
He said: “I honestly have no idea why the referee thought the challenge was worth a sending-off.
“Usually when that happens it’s because someone has left the ground and have two feet showing in the tackle. That wasn’t the case. It’s disappointing that the red card hasn’t been rescinded.”