Daniel Ayala to serve three-match ban after appeal against red card rejected
Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala will serve a three-match ban after failing in a bid to have his red card against Sheffield Wednesday overturned.
The 26-year-old Spaniard will be suspended after having wrongful dismissal and excessive punishment claims rejected by an independent regulatory commission.
A statement on the Football Association's website read: "Daniel Ayala will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal and excessive punishment claims were unsuccessful, following an independent regulatory commission hearing.
"The Middlesbrough defender was sent off for serious foul play during the FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday (8 January 2017)".
Ayala was dismissed for a 59th-minute body-check on Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri just seconds after Grant Leadbitter had opened the scoring in a 3-0 third-round victory at the Riverside Stadium.
Head coach Aitor Karanka admitted at his post-match press conference he had not seen a replay of the incident, but had been told it should have been a red card.
Ayala will miss Premier League games against Watford and West Ham and League Two Accrington Stanley's trip to Teesside in the FA Cup fourth round.
The former Norwich player was making his first appearance since October 22 with Ben Gibson and Calum Chambers having established a promising central defensive partnership.