Manchester City’s appeal against Vincent Kompany’s red card in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United has been rejected despite Roberto Mancini’s confidence that the ban would be overturned.
“He was sent off for nothing,” Mancini said before the FA’s decision, “I don’t think about this [Kompany being banned). It would be not correct if that happened.”
The FA though felt that referee Chris Foy was correct in his decision to dismiss the centre-back for his two-footed lunge on Nani, releasing a statement saying: “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 league leader’s captain suspension will begin tomorrow with the League Cup clash against Liverpool and end after the second leg, he will also miss Monday’s trip to Wigan.
Perhaps most crucially he will sit out the visit of Tottenham on the 22nd who could be within catching distance of City by that stage if they can win tomorrow’s game in hand with Everton and Saturday’s game with Wolves at White Hart Lane.
The ban comes as City’s injury list grows to stretch the endurance of their lavishly assembled squad.
David Silva is doubtful for the first leg against Liverpool as are Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, while Yaya and Kolo Toure are on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
Mancini has said that he may even have to turn to 17 year old Dutch defender Karim Rekik to fill the gap.
“All the people think we have a lot of players but we have 19, plus keepers. It is not a big squad,” the Italian said.
“We have players injured and others who went to the Africa Nations Cup at a crucial moment.
“I am not happy about this but we can’t do anything about it. If we don’t get the players back we will play with the young players.
“If we don’t have a central defender we will play with Rekik.”