Kompany’s ban upheld

Vincent Kompany will serve a four-match ban, after the FA dismissed Manchester City’s appeal against his red card in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Etihad Stadium captain was given a straight red card for a sprawling challenge on Nani in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, but the Premier League leaders challenged Chris Foy’s decision.

However, the governing body stood by the referee’s ruling, and the Belgium international will now add to Roberto Mancini’s defensive worries.

“An Independent Regulatory Commission has today dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany following his red card for Serious Foul Play in the FA Cup Third Round tie between Manchester City v Manchester United on 8 January 2012,” the statement reads.

“Kompany will serve a four-match suspension with immediate effect. The suspension consists of a statutory three-match suspension for Serious Foul Play plus one additional game given this is Kompany’s second dismissal of the season.”

The talismanic centre half will miss both legs of the Carling Cup semi final against Liverpool, along with Premier League games against Wigan and Tottenham.

With Kolo Toure away on African Cup of Nations duty for at least the next month, Mancini now has limited options at the heart of his defence.

By Gareth McKnight