Not a surprise that the FA has turned down Vincent Kompany’s appeal for the straight red card that he picked up in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The Man City captain will now miss City’s next four games (its four games and not three as this is his second red card of the season).
Kompany, who has arguably City’s best player over the last two seasons, will miss tomorrow night’s Carling Cup semi-final first-leg with Liverpool. He will also miss the return and, in between, crucial Premier League games against Wigan and Tottenham.
In his press conference after the cup tie, City manager Roberto Mancini said he believed the red card would be rescinded insisting:
“My opinion has not changed. I am confident because Vinny only played 10 minutes. He was sent off for nothing. He has already missed one game. I don’t think about this (being banned). It would be not correct if that happened.”
Losing Kompany for four games is a huge blow to City who will be missing six regulars against Liverpool tomorrow night, including Kolo and Yaya Toure, who are on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.
In addition, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli are both major doubts, along with star midfielder David Silva, who was replaced at half-time on Sunday.