QPR lose appeal against Barton red card
London: Queens Park Rangers have lost their appeal against midfielder Joey Barton`s red card in Monday`s match against Norwich City, the FA said.
Barton was dismissed when he appeared to headbutt Norwich`s Bradley Johnson in an off-the-ball incident after 34 minutes of Rangers` 2-1 defeat.
"An Independent Regulatory Commission has today dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton following his red card for violent conduct in the QPR v Norwich City game on 2 January 2012," the FA said in a statement on their website.
Barton, who claimed the officials had been "conned" into sending him off, will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.