Leeds United are unable to call upon Alex Mowatt until the penultimate game of the season.
Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt will miss the club's next three matches after the Football Association upheld the decision to send him off in Tuesday's win at Birmingham City.
Whites' boss Steve Evans had earlier revealed his hope that Mowatt's ban would be overturned and said that if it wasn't it'd be down to victimisation once more.
Evans cited Matt Derbyshire's recent reprieve, having bloodied the face of Gaetano Berardi with his elbow, as a reason for Leeds to be positive - only for his worst fears to be confirmed later on Thursday.
And many fans have struggled to get their head around the contrasting decisions, as evidenced by the following tweets...
That mowatt tackle wasn't even a booking— Billy McGlennon (@chuckielufc) 14 April 2016
How does that Rotherham player get away with cutting berardi's head open but mowatt has a 3 match ban for a 'strong tackle' wtf? #lufc— Henry (@Henry_Broadbelt) 14 April 2016
Shock mowatt's red card stands, its just all corrupt— Croall (@Croally17) 14 April 2016
How did Derbyshire win his appeal but Mowatt can't win his?— Billy (@Billy_Mac98) 14 April 2016
Mowatt took someone out with no injury but an elbow to the face is overturned almost immediately? Logic— Beth (@BF_lufc) 14 April 2016
Alex Mowatt Loses his appeal for a Yellow card Challenge whilst Darbyshire Getsoff for Putting a 2" Gash into Beradi`s Face- #WEALLLOVELEEDS— tonyoshea (@SKHMOT) 14 April 2016
Unbelievable we didnt get the Mowatt red over turned, never ever a red card what an utter disgrace. #lufc— Wayne Wellwood (@5O887) 14 April 2016
@LUFC the Football Leagues corrupt BUT ARE YOU GUNA BELIEVE US!!— paddy o'connor (@paddyoconnor8) 14 April 2016
Mowatt was a 69th-minute substitute at St. Andrew's and was dismissed in the final seconds of stoppage time for a late tackle on Ryan Shotton.
As a result, the 21-year-old will miss this Saturday's visit of Reading along with next week's fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City.
Doncaster-born Mowatt has started 21 league matches for Leeds this season, scoring twice and providing four assists.