Cahill loses red card appeal

Bolton and England defender Gary Cahill has lost his appeal against the red card he picked up during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Arsenal.

The 24-year-old centre-back was given his marching orders on 64 minutes for a tackle from behind on Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

‘At a regulatory commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill was dismissed,’ the FA’s statement on the appeal said. ‘As a result, Cahill's three-match suspension will remain and will be served with immediate effect.’

The England international will now miss Bolton’s league match against Aston Villa, the Carling Cup game away to Burnley as well as Manchester United’s visit to the Reebok stadium.

The news will come as blow to Wanderers’ manager Owen Coyle who voiced his unhappiness at the decision during his post-match interview.

‘I don't think it merited a red. All of a sudden we were playing Arsenal with 10 men, and it is difficult at the best of times with 11,’ Coyle said. ‘We had put so much into the game that at that time we looked like the team who would get the equalizer.’

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