Newcastle United will be without defender Fabian Schar for the next three matches, after his ban was upheld after an unsuccessful appeal.
The Switzerland international was dismissed by referee Mike Dean against Arsenal after coming on as a substitute in the second-half for a challenge from behind on Gabriel Martinelli.
The decision means Schar will be unavailable against Leicester City, Manchester City and Sheffield United.
The challenge was questioned after the game by Steve Bruce, who said: “The way it is at the moment and the rules are… there’s no tackles anymore.
“I don’t think it deserves a red. Maybe it’s a yellow.
“Is it dangerous? Not really.”
Assessing the incident for Ref Watch for Sky Sports, former official Dermot Gallagher also insisted Schar was unfortunate to be sent off and that he caught Martinelli on the boot rather than the Achilles.
Hopefully the decision will not prove costly.
Newcastle have managed fairly well in Schar’s absence through injury, so Bruce will hope for more of the same.
On social media, fans were not happy about the decision:
Would have been surprised if they had overturned it. However, a three game ban for that is absolutely ridiculous. Should have been reduced to one
— James Mason (@jamesmason1991) May 6, 2021
Surprised they didn’t Increase to a 5 year ban just for having the temerity to ask and not be from the big 6.
— Robert England (@BerbBerbson) May 6, 2021
Why is it a three match ban that sees very very harsh…
— Chris Rice (@ricey80) May 6, 2021
How has that not been overturned 🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Andy Slaughter (@AndySlaughter) May 6, 2021
Complete madness. Only a yellow.
— Ian (@ianyoung935) May 6, 2021
Booooh !!! Games finished
— Robbo🏃🗑 (@JOHNROB79) May 6, 2021
Madness. The game has gone.
— DannyNUFC ⚫⚪ (@DanielNUFC85) May 6, 2021
— Paul (@plevans_1) May 6, 2021
— Magpie 24/7 – Newcastle United (@Magpie24_7) May 6, 2021