Manchester City's Vincent Kompany has forecast an "unprecedented wave" of red cards following his sending off against Manchester United.
The City captain is set to start a four-match ban by missing tonight's League Cup semi-first leg at home to Liverpool after an FA panel rejected his appeal against a red card.
Many observers felt referee Chris Foy was unduly harsh in sending off Kompany, who won the ball cleanly from Nani and did not appear to make contact with the United player, although the Belgian had gone in with two feet.
FA Cup holders City, lose Sunday's third round tie 3-2. Kompany vented his frustration on his Facebook page. "I appealed because I completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on.
I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction 'ifs' and 'maybes'."