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Case closed: FA uphold Kompany red card

Manchester City’s captain will begin his four-match ban with tomorrow’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool.

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VINCENT KOMPANY’S APPEAL against the controversial red card shown to him in Manchester City’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat against Manchester United on Sunday has been dismissed by the FA.

The Manchester City captain was sent off for serious foul play after just 12 minutes when referee Chris Foy judged his sliding tackle on Nani to be worthy of straight red card.

Television replays showed that although Kompany had won the ball without making any contact with Nani, both of the Belgian’s feet had left the ground in the tackle.

Foy’s decision was upheld by the FA today despite Roberto Mancini’s conviction that the decision, described by the City manager as “300% not a sending off”, would be overturned on appeal.

Because Sunday’s sending off was his second straight red of the season, Kompany’s suspension has been increased to four games rather than the standard three usually served for such an offence.

The ban begins tomorrow night when City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final.

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Kompany will also miss City’s upcoming Premier League matches against Wigan and Tottenham before serving the final match in the return leg against Liverpool in Anfield on 25 January.

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