Premier League - Fulham's Sidwell banned for Traore lunge

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell will sit out a three-game ban after an appeal against his dismissal in Monday night's 3-2 win over QPR was rejected.

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Premier League - Fulham's Sidwell banned for Traore lunge

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UNITED KINGDOM, London : Referee Lee Probert (L) shows Fulham's English midfielder Steve Sidwell (R) the red card to send him off following a tackle on Queens Park Rangers' Senegalese defender Armand Traore (AFP)

A Football Association Independent Regulatory Commission rejected a claim of wrongful dismissal after Sidwell saw red for a late challenge on Armand Traore after 79 minutes.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Fulham's Steve Sidwell has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected," an FA statement read.

"Sidwell was dismissed for serious foul play during his side's game at home to Queens Park Rangers on 1 April 2013."

The 30-year-old's ban will begin immediately to rule him out of this weekend's trip to Newcastle, before matches against former clubs Aston Villa and Chelsea.

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