West Ham striker Andy Carroll will serve a three-match suspension, starting immediately, after an independent arbitration tribunal dismissed a legal challenge by the club against the Football Association's decision to uphold the player's red card.
The Hammers are unhappy that the England international's ban - a consequence of his dismissal against Swansea last week after an altercation with defender Chico Flores - was not overturned by the FA, and took the case to tribunal in the pursuit of what manager Sam Allardyce claimed was "justice".
However, the independent panel, at which the FA was also represented, found "there was no serious issue to be tried" and as such rejected West Ham's submissions, meaning Carroll must serve out his punishment.
The forward will miss upcoming games against Aston Villa , Norwich and Southampton .
A statement from the FA read: "An independent arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rule K has today dismissed ...