Yeovil Town have failed in their attempt to get the red card issued to Otis Khan last Saturday rescinded. The dismissal was made during the 90th minute of the League Two match against Chesterfield, where the 22 year old appeared to barge into referee Kevin Johnson. The club appealed on the grounds that Khan's contact with the official was accidental – the FA's appeals panel have rejected this, meaning that he will miss Friday night's match with Manchester United.
Khan will now serve a five match suspension for violent conduct after the FA deemed the appeal to be frivolous. Provisionally speaking that would also see him miss the League Two matches against Grimsby Town and Cambridge United along with the trip to Crewe Alexandra and the home game against Barnet, although with a transfer bid from an unnamed club in for his services, and three of those matches going into February, the ban may or may not be wholly carried by Yeovil Town.
The FA's statement says the Independent Regulatory Commission increased the player’s standard suspension of three matches by an additional two matches as it considered the appeal had no prospect of success. The decision cannot be appealed.
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