Manchester City will be boosted heading into their clash against champions Chelsea as their opponents were unable to appeal a red card decision to Thibaut Courtois, Mirror reports.
The two Premier League giants will faceoff at the Etihad this weekend, but the Blues will be without their first choice goalkeeper who has received a one-game suspension.
Courtois was sent off in the 2-2 opening day draw against Swansea City for bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis in what is said to have been a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Referee Michael Oliver was then forced to hand the Belgium international a straight red resulting in a penalty in which Gomis converted to score his team’s second goal.
The club is said to have made an appeal to the English FA, but their request was rejected meaning summer transfer Asmir Begovic will now take his place between the sticks for the upcoming match.
The FA statement said: “Therefore, the player’s one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.”
However, it seems Courtois also realized his mistake as the keeper later posted on his Twitter that he was “Sad to let the team down”.