FA rejects Chelsea appeal against James ban

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Image caption: Reece James (centre) was playing just his second match of 2024 – after coming back from a long-term hamstring injury – when he was sent off against Brighton

Chelsea’s attempt to overturn Reece James’ ban for a red card has been rejected by the Football Association.
The Blues captain, 24, will miss the first three matches of next season after he was sent off for violent conduct when he fouled Brighton striker Joao Pedro last month.
James was banned for four matches in all, including Chelsea’s final-day win over Bournemouth, with the additional one-game ban imposed as a result of it being his second red card of the season.

Chelsea’s appeal claimed James was “disoriented” after being fouled from behind and that Pedro “made contact” first as he ran past, adding: “It had not been his intention to harm Mr Pedro, he was simply pushing him away with his foot.”
The FA rejected the appeal – having not found the account of the defender “persuasive” – and did not accept that he was disoriented as he caught the Brazilian just below his knee, describing the action as “unnecessary” and rejecting the claim that he was simply “pushing” Pedro away.
There will be no further right to appeal for James, who missed out on selection for Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 England training squad.
Chelsea received more cautions than any club in Premier League history last season, which former boss Mauricio Pochettino put down to ill-discipline, with Enzo Maresca having been named his successor for the upcoming campaign.

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