Sergio Aguero will miss the Manchester derby after the FA dismissed his appeal against his violent conduct charge.
The City star was retrospectively charged by the governing body after his elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid went unnoticed by the referee.
City announced yesterday that they were fighting the FA’s violent conduct charge.
It came after he elbowed Reid in City’s 3-1 win against West Ham on Sunday. The FA said referee Andre Marriner and his officials did not see the altercation, which City protested.
Aguero will now miss City’s league fixtures against Manchester United on September 10 and Bournemouth seven days later, as well as their EFL Cup game against Swansea.
"The club denied the charge and submitted further that if it was to be found proven, the standard punishment would be clearly excessive," a statement read.
"On finding the charge proven at a hearing today [Friday 2 September 2016], an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club’s further claim to decrease the three-match ban."
The incident, which occurred in the 76th minute, was missed by both Pep Guardiola and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.
“I didn't see so I cannot comment,” Guardiola said. “Hopefully nothing happens. If it happens, we accept and adapt and we will try our best."
Billie remarked: “I didn't see it at all. I reacted because we wanted to make a sub. We wanted to change the shape. I think he is okay. He is not injured."
It's a blow to City. Aguero made a brilliant start to the season with five goals in his first four games.