Nasri will serve three-match ban after City decide not to appeal red card for losing his head
15:37 GMT, 31 December 2012
Manchester City have confirmed they will not appeal Samir Nasri’s red card against Norwich.
Nasri was sent off in controversial circumstances for squaring up with his head to Norwich’s Sebastien Bassong in the 4-3 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Off: Samir Nasri (right) confronts Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong
City manager Roberto Mancini was angry at the decision at the time and said this morning that the club had not decided whether to appeal the card and the three-match ban that will come with it.
However, the club have now decided to accept the charge and Nasri will miss tomorrow’s game at home to Stoke, the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Watford and the game at Nasri’s old club Arsenal on January 13.
Early bath: Nasri will now miss City's three games in the league and FA Cup
One of the dangers of appealing a sending off is that the FA can deem the appeal frivolous and add an extra game to the ban. City clearly decided they did not want to risk this.