Leeds United striker Tresor Kandol has received a four-match ban for his dismissal in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Norwich City, writes PHIL HAY.
Kandol will miss half of United's remaining League One fixtures following his bizarre red card at Carrow Road.
The Football Association confirmed that he will sit out the forthcoming meetings with Swindon, Yeovil, Southend and Carlisle, returning to contention for the visit to Gillingham on Saturday, April 17.
The Congolese international was ordered from the field on Saturday after raising a hand towards Norwich's Darrell Russell in full view of referee Lee Probert.
His dismissal came in injury-time and around 30 seconds after Leeds manager Simon Grayson had introduced him as a substitute in an effort to overturn United's 1-0 deficit at Carrow Road.
Grayson questioned Probert's decision to send Kandol off and television replays seemed to support his scepticism but the 40-year-old admitted after full-time that he expected a ban of at least four fixtures.
Kandol's latest penalty was increased from a standard three-match suspension for violent conduct by a previous ban incurred by him in October.
The former Barnet player was citied by the FA over in incident at the end of Leeds' 4-0 win over Yeovil Town, one which went unpunished by match official Andy Haines.
Kandol was caught on camera lashing out at Yeovil striker Sam Williams.
Saturday's red card was his first of the season and United did not appeal against the dismissal.
Grayson said: "When you raise your hands, you're giving the opportunity to be sent off. It was open to interpretation by the referee and he decided to do what he did."
Kandol's suspension is the latest interlude in a campaign which has been disrupted regularly, despite positive attempts to fight his way back into Grayson's first-team plans.
The 28-year-old has been affected by injury and spent time away from Leeds' campaign due to family issues. He was recalled on Saturday after shaking off a niggling hamstring strain.