Paddy McNair banned for three games after appeal rejected over straight red at Swansea
Paddy McNair will serve a three match suspension after the FA rejected Middlesbrough's appeal over his straight red card against Swansea last Saturday.
The 24-year-old was sent off after catching Swansea’s Matt Grimes with an elbow late in the game, a decision which reduced Boro to nine men on route to a 3-1 defeat.
McNair put his hands behind his head in disbelief when referee Dean Whitestone produced the red card but the midfielder will now miss his side's next three games.
The Northern Ireland international has been one of the standout performers for Middlesbrough as they have struggled for form this season currently sitting 20th in the Championship.
“Paddy's is not a red in my view," said manager Jonathan Woodgate after the game, with the club later lodging their appeal.
Scroll through to 2 minutes 10 seconds in the video below to view the incident:
The ban will come as good news to McNair's international boss Michael O'Neill, who takes his Stoke side to Boro this weekend for a crucial bottom of the table clash and will now not have to face the midfield star.
A win for Stoke would lift O'Neill's side level on points with McNair's Middlesbrough and could be enough to see the Potters out of the relegation zone.
McNair will also miss the Championship clashes with Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day and West Bromwich Albion on December 29.
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