Cape Town - Watford
defender Marvin Zeegelaar will miss their next three games after the
Football Association rejected an appeal to overturn his red card against
The Dutchman was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Steven
Defour in the 39th minute at Turf Moor on Saturday with the score still
deadlocked at 0-0.
The Clarets would soon take full advantage of the extra man as Scott
Arfield opened the scoring on the stroke of the half-time which secured a
Hornets head coach Marco Silva was critical of referee Lee Probert
after the match, insisting he made the wrong decision to send off
"There was good competition between everybody then, after one
decision, the referee made a big difference in the match, a big
influence, and it was a harsh decision for me," Silva said.
"It's not a red, that changed everything, and after two or three
minutes they scored. The referee never had control of the match and he
lost it with the moment when he made the mistake.
"I understand I can make mistakes and so can our players, and the
referee can too, but he made a big mistake and that had a big
However, the 27-year-old's ban will stand following a failed appeal
from the club, making him ineligible for the fixtures against Crystal
Palace, Huddersfield and Brighton.