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Thursday 29 December 2011

Milijas must serve three-match ban

Wolves midfielder fails in appeal to have red card against Arsenal rescinded

Serbian Nenad Milijas has become an important member of the Wolves team this season

Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas has lost his appeal against the red card he picked up during their 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday 27th December.

Milijas, 28, was dismissed towards the end of the match at the Emirates Stadium for a challenge on Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta.

Wolves appealed against the decision and Milijas's ensuing three-match suspension, but the Football Association have stuck with referee Stuart Attwell.

Milijas will now miss the Barclays Premier League matches against Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup third round tie against Championship side Birmingham City.

"We are hugely disappointed because we believed we had good grounds for the appeal," said Wolves club secretary Richard Skirrow.

"Prior to Tuesday, Nenad had only six cautions in English football and no suspensions. Likewise, as a club, we are not serial appealers of red cards."

Milijas, who signed for Wolves in the summer of 2009, has made nine Barclays Premier League appearances for the Molineux club so far this season.

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Key Points

  • Milijas sent off in second half of 1-1 draw at Arsenal
  • Serbian has failed in appeal to have red card overturned
  • Must now serve three-match ban in the League