Saturday 17 August 2019

Fernandinho's red remains

Fernandinho. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters/Livepic
Fernandinho. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters/Livepic

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has failed with an appeal against the red card he received in Monday's match against Burnley.

Brazilian Fernandinho was dismissed for a third time in six appearances in a match that City won 2-1 after goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero.

He was ordered off for a two-footed lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and receives a four-match ban rather than the usual three games as it was his second Premier League dismissal of the campaign.

His other red came in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach.

In a statement released by City, the FA said: "Fernandinho will serve a four-match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected following an independent regulatory commission hearing."

Various incidents in the match rankled with City manager Pep Guardiola, who was in a terse mood when speaking to media afterwards. Asked about the Fernandinho incident by the BBC, Guardiola said: "You're the journalist, not me."

Asked for his thoughts, Guardiola added: "Ask the referee, not me." When the matter was put to him in a press conference, Guardiola attempted to change the subject.

As City have struggled to live up to their lightning start, the positive influence of 31-year-old Fernandinho has faded. He now must sit out the FA Cup clash with West Ham tomorrow, plus Premier League games against Everton, Tottenham and the Hammers.

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