Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss Manchester City clash next Sunday.
The red card appeal made by the Stamford Bridge club was, in fact, rejected.
An official statement of FA website read:
“A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by Chelsea in relation to Thibaut Courtois has been unsuccessful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today.
The goalkeeper was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea’s game against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Aug. 8, 2015). Therefore, the player’s one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.
For a club to be successful with a claim of wrongful dismissal, it must prove to an Independent Regulatory Commission via written and/or video evidence that the match referee made an obvious error.”
Courtois will now serve one game ban, so it will be Asmir Begovic, the second Chelsea keeper, to start at the Etihad Stadium against Pellegrini’s side.