Premier League - Kompany appeal rejected

Tue, 10 Jan 15:12:00 2012

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany will serve a four-match ban after having his appeal against the red card he was shown in Sunday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United rejected by the FA.

2012 Manchester City-Manchester United Vincent Kompany is sent off - 0

The Belgian defender was sent off just 12 minutes into the 3-2 loss at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday by referee Chris Foy for a foul on Nani.

Kompany will now miss both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool as well as Premier League clashes away to Wigan Athletic and at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

The suspension is a major blow for the Premier League leaders, who will also be without centre-back Kolo Toure for the next few weeks while he is away with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations along with brother and City team-mate Yaya.

Earlier on Tuesday, Blues manager Roberto Mancini expressed his confidence the suspension would be overturned, but an Independent Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion.

"An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Tuesday 10 January] dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Manchester City's Vincent Kompany following his red card for Serious Foul Play in The FA Cup Third Round tie between Manchester City v Manchester United on 8 January 2012," said an FA statement.

"Kompany will serve a four-match suspension with immediate effect.

"The suspension consists of a statutory three-match suspension for Serious Foul Play plus one additional game given this is Kompany's second dismissal of the season."

The 25-year-old will be available again for City's trip to face Everton in the league on February 1.

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