Bradford have lost their appeal to have David Syers' red card against Shrewsbury overturned.
The Bantams won the match 3-1 but had 24-year-old midfielder Syers sent off in the 71st minute following a foul on Nicky Wroe.
The FA's decision to reject the appeal means Syers, who played in Monday's 3-0 defeat at Rotherham, is suspended for three matches.
He will miss the FA Cup third round tie at Watford on Saturday and the npower League Two matches against Morecambe and Burton.
Manager Phil Parkinson told Bradford's official website: "He has not gone to injure the player- far from it. Modern day players have far too much respect for each other to do something like, especially someone like Dave.
"I honestly would like someone from the disciplinary panel to come down to see the lads at the training ground and tell them how they can tackle now because for Dave to get three matches for that tackle is extremely disappointing."