London - Bournemouth
have been unsuccessful with their appeal to get Simon Francis' red card
against Arsenal overturned by the Football Association.
The Cherries captain was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Aaron
Ramsey in the closing stages of the Premier League clash at the Vitality
Stadium on Tuesday as the Eddie Howe's side surrendered a three-goal
lead to draw 3-3 with the Gunners.
Howe felt that referee Michael Oliver's decision to give Francis his
marching orders was "harsh" and the south-coast club contested it on
grounds of wrongful dismissal.
But the 31-year-old defender will serve a three-match ban with
immediate effect after the FA rejected the appeal, which sees him miss
the FA Cup third-round tie with Millwall as well as the league
encounters against Hull and Watford.
Howe's men take on The Lions at The Den in an FA CUP fixture looking to avoid a cup upset before turning their attention to an English Premiership fixture away to Hull.
Kick off is at 17:00.