Francis red card upheld after appeal

Simon Francis will serve a one-match ban for Bournemouth after his red-card appeal was upheld by the Football Association this week.

The Cherries captain was controversially sent off 57 minutes into the goalless draw at Leicester on Saturday for his sliding tackle on Jamie Vardy.

Eddie Howe suggested the south-coast club were unlikely to contest the red card, despite feeling that referee Andre Marriner was incorrect to dismiss Francis and award a penalty, which was saved by goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

However, they decided to lodge an appeal nonetheless, after television replays had shown that the 30-year-old touched the ball, but FA's Independent Regulatory Commission chose not to overrule Marriner's call on Tuesday.

Francis will therefore sit out the FA Cup third-round clash against  Birmingham City at St Andrew's on Saturday.

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