Vidic’s three match ban is upheld.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will miss the League Cup semi-final second leg tie against Sunderland on Wednesday after failing to overturn a red card he received last weekend.
The central defender submitted a claim for wrongful dismissal after being sent off late on during Premier League champions United’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a rash challenge on Eden Hazard.
Vidic was given a straight red card, for which the standard punishment is a three-game ban.
An independent regulatory commission confirmed on Tuesday this would now take “immediate effect”, starting with Wednesday’s tie where United are looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.
“Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected by an independent regulatory commission,” said a statement issued by the FA.
“Therefore, the player’s three-match suspension commences with immediate effect. Vidic had received a red card for serious foul play in his side’s game against Chelsea on Sunday 19 January 2014.”
United tended not to worry too much about the League Cup under former manager Alex Ferguson as they went in search of more prestigious trophies.
But with Sunday’s defeat leaving David Moyes’s side 14 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, and having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea City, United need success in the League Cup like never before.