Thibaut Courtois will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday after the Football Association turned down the Blues’ appeal.
The Belgian was shown a straight red card in the second half of last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City by referee Michael Oliver after tripping up Bafétimbi Gomis.
Chelsea felt Courtois had been unfairly dismissed and subsequently lodged an appeal in the hope of having the decision overturned - but the FA believe Oliver made the right call.
A statement on the FA’s official website read: “A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by Chelsea in relation to Thibaut Courtois has been unsuccessful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today.
“The goalkeeper was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea's game against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (8 August 2015).
“Therefore, the player's one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.
“For a club to be successful with a claim of wrongful dismissal, it must prove to an Independent Regulatory Commission via written and/or video evidence that the match referee made an obvious error.”
Blow for Chelsea
The news will come as a blow to Chelsea, who will take on their potential Premier League title rivals without the services of one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
However, the Blues now have a capable deputy in the form of Asmir Begovic, the experienced former Stoke City goalkeeper who joined the west London outfit in an £8 million deal this summer.
Manchester City were impressive in their opening game of the season against West Brom on Monday night, securing a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Hawthorns to move to the top of the Premier League table.
Begovic now faces the daunting task of keeping the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Raheem Sterling at bay in August’s biggest Premier League fixture.
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