The FA have dismissed an appeal by Fabricio Coloccini and Newcastle United against the red card given for a challenge on Aaron Lennon on Sunday.

An Independent Regulatory Commission sat today and decided there were no grounds for recinding the red card and the subsequent three match ban.

Many fans will be relieved that the FA didn’t impose an extra one match ban for a frivolous appeal by Coloccini and the club, as the TV footage left most in no doubt that any appeal was doomed to failure.

The club released the following statement:

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini will serve a three-game suspension following his sending-off at Everton on Sunday.

The Argentine defender was given a straight red card for serious foul play following a challenge on Aaron Lennon in the second half at Goodison Park.

The Club submitted a claim for wrongful dismissal but an Independent Regulatory Commission rejected that claim on Tuesday.

Therefore, Coloccini’s standard punishment of a three-match suspension remains and will commence with immediate effect, meaning he will miss Barclays Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool.

One contributor to the website speculated as to what Fabricio Coloccini might do during his five week absence, you can read that HERE.

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