Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye has been handed a three-match suspension after he failed in an appeal over an incident involving Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd in the sides' FA Cup fourth round clash.
The Magpies midfielder challenged the decision after a tangle with the opposing defender saw his boot connect with the face of El-Abd, but the FA turned down the appeal.
The incident went unpunished went unnoticed by the match officials during the game but was picked up on review of the match, with manager Alan Pardew blaming ESPN pundit Ray Stubbs for escalating the situation.
The charge of violent conduct still stands against the player who will have to serve his three-match suspension, which starts with immediate effect.
Cabaye later tweeted about the ban, saying: "3 matches ban it's a real injustice but life goes on!!! In my teammates I trust"