Sunderland lose Stephane Sessegnon appeal over Aston Villa red card

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SUNDERLAND’s Stephane Sessegnon will miss the rest of the season after his appeal against the three-match ban for his dismissal against Aston Villa on Monday night was rejected.

The FA confirmed the decision after a hearing this afternoon.

Referee Lee Probert issued a straight red card for Sessegnon’s second-half challenge on Yacouba Sylla as the Black Cats slumped to a 6-1 Barclays Premier League defeat.

The 28-year-old will now miss Sunderland’s remaining three games against Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham as Paolo Di Canio’s men battle for survival.