Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has failed in his appeal against a three-match suspension following his sending off at Stoke.
The Football Association has announced that Vardy will now serve the ban, for serious foul play, “with immediate effect.”
A hearing of the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission upheld Craig Pawson’s decision to show Vardy a straight red card for his challenge on Mame Diouf in the 2-2 draw.
And an FA statement said: “Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
“The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”
The decision means Vardy will miss Boxing Day’s visit of Everton, the home game with West Ham on New Year’s Eve and a trip to Middlesbrough on Jan. 2.
On Monday, the Foxes said they would appeal after replays suggested Vardy was knocked off balance by Glen Johnson just before making the tackle on Diouf.
The club said in a statement: “Leicester City have lodged an appeal with the Football Association against the dismissal of Jamie Vardy during Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Stoke City.
“Jamie was shown a straight red card in the 28th minute for a challenge that was deemed to have constituted serious foul play.
“The club has subsequently made its case for an instance of wrongful dismissal.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri confronted Pawson on the pitch at half-time, but is unlikely to face punishment.
The Foxes face a fine from the FA for having six or more players shown yellow cards at Stoke.
Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs collected their fifth cautions of the season and will miss the game against Everton.