League Two - Cavanagh ban blow

Rochdale's appeal against skipper Peter Cavanagh's dismissal in last week's defeat at Burton has been rejected.

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Rochdale captain Peter Cavanagh (PA Sport)

Cavanagh, shown a straight red card for his high challenge on midfielder Robbie Weir, will start a three-game ban and misses Saturday's home game against Chesterfield plus successive away fixtures at Plymouth and Oxford.

Dale's chief executive Colin Garlick said: "I'm really disappointed because looking at the laws of the game and the FIFA interpretation and guidance to referees, I believe that Peter's actions were reckless with respect to him not having regard for his opponent, which should warrant a yellow card.

"There was no malice or intent in his actions and I believe the red card should have been reduced. I'm disappointed that the FA haven't come to that conclusion based on what we submitted."

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