NEWCASTLE United captain Fabricio Coloccini has lost his appeal against his red card in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Everton.
Coloccini was dismissed for a lunge on Aaron Lennon in the second half and handed a three match ban, ruling him out of the north-east derby at Sunderland on Easter Sunday.
He will also miss Newcastle’s game against Arsenal on Saturday, and the trip to Liverpool on April 13.
However, the worry that Coloccini may be handed an extra game on top of his suspension for a frivolous appeal didn’t come to anything.
The FA announced in a short statement that an independent regulatory commission had rejected the Argentinian’s claim, confirming his three-match ban will commence with immediate effect.
The news is another blow to Magpies boss John Carver who also has star striker Papiss Cisse serving a seven-match suspension for spitting at Jonny Evans in the home loss to Manchester United earlier this month.