Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will miss his club's next four matches after the Premier League leaders failed Tuesday in its appeal against the defender's red card against Manchester United.
Kompany was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Nani in the 12th minute of Sunday's FA Cup match. United beat 10-man City 3-2.
City manager Roberto Mancini said United striker Wayne Rooney pressured referee Chris Foy into showing the red card but the Football Association rejected City's attempt to have the decision overturned.
“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 FA said.
Kompany will sit out the first leg of City's League Cup semifinal against Liverpool on Wednesday, Premier League matches against Wigan and Tottenham, and the second leg in the League Cup.
The Belgium international will next be available for City's Premier League match at Everton on Feb. 1.
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