Nemanja Vidic's appeal against his straight red card in Manchester United's 3-1 loss to Chelsea has been rejected.
The United captain was sent off in extra-time at Stamford Bridge after a meaty challenge on Blues winger Eden Hazard.
The FA have rejected Manchester United's claims of unfair dismissal meaning Vidic will serve out a three-match ban.
Vidic argued that he was erroneously dismissed from the match, but was denied by an independent regulatory commission on Tuesday.
This is Vidic's first red card of the season, and his second time seeing red against Chelsea. He could have easily been followed by the dismissal of full-back Rafael after an audacious two-footed dive at Chelsea's Gary Cahill, which looked arguably worse than Vidic's red card offence.
However, the tackle from the Brazilian resulted in only a yellow card, just moments after the skipper was sent to the dressing room.
Rafael lunged into the tackle with his studs-up leaving Chelsea flabbergasted when referee Phil Dowd only drew a yellow from his chest-pocket.
Vidic will miss the second leg of United's Capital One Cup tie with Sunderland, as well as two important league fixtures against Cardiff and Stoke as the Premier League champions look to close the gap on the top four.
The troubles continue to mount for David Moyes, who will undoubtedly miss Vidic's strong presence over the next two weeks in what will be some must-win games for the Red Devils.
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