An already short-handed Newcastle United will be without their leading scorer in Loic Remy against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby. Remy was sent off on a controversial red card in the second half of the Norwich City game. While originally planning to not appeal the decision, Alan Pardew decided he would but alas the appeal was lost and now Remy will be out of the match on Saturday.
The FA statement, via The Chronicle states:
"An Independent Regulatory Commission heard two claims of wrongful dismissal today both in relation to the Norwich City versus Newcastle United game on Tuesday [28 January 2014]. The claim involving Norwich's Bradley Johnson was upheld meaning his three-match suspension is withdrawn. The claim involving Newcastle's Loic Remy was dismissed therefore his three-match suspension remains with immediate effect. Both players had been dismissed for violent conduct."
I don't know how to appropriately type a fart noise, but that's my opinion on the suspension being upheld. Both players deserved a yellow card for their conduct and shoving, but double-red cards were a bit over the top and from the referee who didn't even have a view of what happened.
With Remy out, Papiss Cisse nursing a back injury it appears Luuk de Jong will now be thrust into the lineup against Sunderland.