Tuesday 07 February 2012
The Football Association has dismissed Stoke's appeal against the red card shown to defender Robert Huth during Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland.
The 27-year-old was dismissed for serious foul play after a challenge on Sunderland midfielder David Meyler just before half-time.
Sunderland went on to win the match 1-0 with a goal from James McClean on the hour mark.
Stoke launched an appeal against the decision on Monday but it was rejected by an independent regulatory commission.
A statement on Stoke's official website read: "The FA Commission have rejected the claim of wrongful dismissal after they considered all the evidence that was presented by the club in the player's defence."
Huth will now serve a three-match ban.
The commission did not exercise the option of adding another game to the suspension, which can occur if an appeal is deemed to be frivolous.
German defender Huth will miss the Barclays Premier League matches against Fulham and Swansea as well as the FA Cup fifth round tie at Crawley Town.
However, he will be eligible to play in Stoke's two-legged Europa League tie with Valencia on 16th and 23rd February.