The FA has released the following statement:

Arsenal’s Gervinho has had his three match suspension for violent conduct confirmed today.

The player was sent off during Arsenal’s fixture against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday (13 August).

Arsenal subsequently lodged a claim that the standard punishment of three matches was clearly excessive.

A commission heard the claim today and dismissed it, meaning the player must serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.

Gervinho will miss the Barclays Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea City.

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16 Aug 2011