Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho to serve four-game ban
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 05/01/17 6:11am
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho will serve a four-match suspension after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected by the Football Association.
The Brazil international was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Mason in the 32nd minute for a reckless challenge on Burnley midfielder Johann Gudmundsson during City's 2-1 win at the Etihad on Monday.
His suspension includes the standard sanction of an additional match as it was his second Premier League dismissal of the season, having been sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on December 3.
He will miss the FA Cup third round tie against West Ham on Friday, as well as the Premier League clashes against Everton, Tottenham and the Hammers.
Fernandinho has endured a difficult campaign with regards to his discipline and the red card picked up against the Clarets was his third of the season, having also received his marching orders in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach for two bookable offences.
Meanwhile, City defender Bacary Sagna has until 6pm on Friday to explain to the FA why he posted comments on social media regarding the performance of Mason.
Sagna appeared to hit out at the officials, posting on Instagram that the game was like "10 against 12".
The FA have confirmed to SSNHQ that they are 'seeking observations' from the France international.
Once the FA have received and reviewed Sagna's response, only then will they decide whether to proceed with any disciplinary measures.