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Apr, 10, 2012

FA rejects Derry appeal

The Football Association has rejected Queens Park Rangers' appeal against the red card Shaun Derry received at Manchester United on Sunday.

• Hoops appeal Derry dismissal

Derry, 34, was handed his marching orders by referee Lee Mason in the 14th minute of QPR's trip to Old Trafford after an apparent foul on Ashley Young.

Replays, though, showed Young had strayed into an offside position, while Derry seemed to make little contact with the winger, who tumbled theatrically.

Mason deemed it a clear goalscoring opportunity and the linesman's flag remained down, meaning Derry was dismissed, and Wayne Rooney duly scored from the penalty spot to set United on their way to a 2-0 win.

QPR appealed the decision but, after reviewing the footage, the FA rejected the claim. The midfielder will now miss Wednesday's home meeting with Swansea.

An FA statement read: "Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry will serve a one match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected by a Regulatory Commission today [Tuesday 10 April].

"Derry was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity in the Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday 8 April 2012."

QPR boss Mark Hughes said on Sunday that Premier League managers were "losing faith in referees" as a result of recent high-profile blunders, while chief executive Philip Beard claimed Young "could partner diver Tom Daley at the Olympic Games".

The FA confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, though, that neither Beard nor Hughes will face any action over their outspoken comments.

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