Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been handed a three-game ban by the Football Association for his elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid.
The Argentine will now sit out his side’s crucial Manchester derby match against Manchester United after the international break.
Aguero, 26, has started the season in outstanding form for City, scoring six times in his first four appearances, and will be a huge loss for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Sergio Aguero will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge of violent conduct against him was found proven.
The Manchester City forward was involved in a 76 minute incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid on Sunday [28 August 2016], which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
The club denied the charge and submitted further that if it was to be found proven, the standard punishment would be clearly excessive.
On finding the charge proven at a hearing today [Friday 2 September 2016], an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club’s further claim to decrease the three-match ban.
City will have been hoping to get an early-season psychological boost over one of their main title rivals, as well as winning a match of huge personal significance for managers Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
However, the FA have rejected Aguero’s appeal after he was charged with violent conduct for elbowing Hammers defender Reid in his last game.
Having loaned out backup striker Wilfried Bony to Stoke City on deadline day, it remains to be seen who will be the obvious replacement for Aguero up front when they take on United at Old Trafford.