Four-game ban for Aliadiere
FA deem Boro's appeal to be 'frivolous'
Last Updated: February 26, 2008 3:36pm
Aliadiere: Banned for four games
Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere will serve a four-match suspension after the Football Association deemed his appeal to be 'frivolous'.
Aliadiere was sent off in the closing stages of Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Liverpool after slapping Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano.
An appeal for wrongful dismissal was lodged with the Football Association on Monday in the hope of clearing the Frenchman's name.
But the FA have stood by referee Lee Mason's decision to show the former Arsenal forward a red card for violent conduct.
The decision means Aliadiere must now serve a four-game suspension, starting with Wednesday's FA Cup fifth round replay against Sheffield United.
He will also sit out the Premier League game with Reading at the weekend and either the trip to Aston Villa, or a cup quarter-final against Cardiff City, if Boro beat the Blades.
And, with the FA branding the appeal 'frivolous', an extra game has been added to the ban, which rules Aliadiere out of the match at old club Arsenal.