Cape Town - Middlesbrough
have revealed that an appeal against Daniel Ayala's red card in the 3-0
win over Sheffield Wednesday has been unsuccessful.
The Spanish defender was sent off in the 59th minute of Sunday's FA
Cup third-round clash at the Riverside Stadium for blocking Fernando
Forestieri's route to goal, just moments after Grant Leadbitter had
given Boro the lead.
Ayala contested referee David Coote's decision, claiming the
dismissal was excessive, but the Football Association has rejected the
The 26-year-old centre-back will sit out the next three games for
Aitor Karanka's side against Watford, West Ham and Accrington Stanley.
A statement from the FA read: "Daniel Ayala will serve a three-match
suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal and
excessive punishment claims were unsuccessful, following an Independent
Regulatory Commission hearing.
"The Middlesbrough defender was sent off for serious foul play during
The FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday [8 January
The Boro face Watford in an away English Premiership fixture at Vicarage Road Stadium on Saturday with a win seeing Karanka's men leap-frog their opponents in the standings.
Kick off is at 17:00.(SA Time)