Sky Bet Championship side Burton Albion will be without defender Ben Turner after the FA dismissed his appeal for a five-game ban, according to the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old defender used racially abusive language towards Nico Yennaris during their match against Brentford in December, but the Football Association found the experienced defender guilty in March.
An Independent Regulatory Commission also ruled that the Burton player must attend an education course and be fined £8,000.
Despite the FA’s ruling, Turner continues to profess his innocence.
“I strongly maintain that I did not use the offensive language that was alleged and there I am shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision.
“I would like to thank the chairman, the club and the manager for their full support throughout the process.” he said to the Club Website.
Meanwhile, Brewers Chairman Ben Robinson and Manager Nigel Clough also remain supportive of Turner and are disappointed with the outcome of the hearing.
“After being involved in football since 1975 and, having attended the original hearing, I am incredibly disappointed with this decision.” Robinson said.
Clough then said: “We stand by Ben and have always fully supported him which is why we wanted to appeal. Losing Ben for the start of the season is secondary to us to having this decision go against his character.”
The Brewers will be forced to wait to see what matches Turner will be suspended for, with the English Football League fixtures being announced on Wednesday June 21st at 9am. The EFL season kicks-off on Friday August 4th.