Peterborough United’s appeal against Marcus Maddison’s red card in Saturday’s (March 7) 1-0 League One win over Leyton Orient was today (March 10) rejected.
Maddison was dismissed for serious foul play by referee Mark Brown late in the game following a challenge on Orient full-back Luke O’Neill.
The match video shows Maddison launching into a one-footed challenge on O’Neill who fell to the floor as though he’d been shot in the stomach.
Maddison’s foot appeared to make contact with the ball first, but then travelled towards O’Neill at pace and several feet off the ground.
A disciplinary panel at the Football Association today decided that a red card was the correct decision.
The relevant law states: ‘Any player who lunges at an opponent when challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent, is guilty of
serious foul play. The correct sanction is a red card.
Maddison has now received an automatic three-match following the second sending off of his career and will miss the League One matches at Doncaster (March 14) and Preston (March 17) as well as the home game with Chesterfield (March 21).