Black Cats defender misses festive period

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Sunderland centre-back Michael Turner will now serve a four-match ban for his red card against Manchester City after the Football Association dismissed his claim and added a game to the normal suspension.

Turner was sent off towards the end of the defeat at Eastlands for using his arm in a challenge against Gareth Barry, with the resulting claim to an FA independent regulatory commission insisting the standard punishment is excessive.

"Turner claimed that the standard punishment is clearly excessive, but this was rejected by the commission and the defender will now receive a four-match ban - increased by one game as the commission felt the claim had no prospect of success - starting with immediate effect," read a statement from the FA.

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