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Blow for Newcastle as Bassong red card appeal fails

Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer must resign himself to being without Sebastien Bassong for the crucial trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. A statement from the Football Association read: "At a regulatory commission hearing, a claim for wrongful dismissal by Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong was rejected.

"Bassong was sent off during Newcastle United's Premier League match with Fulham on Saturday 16 May for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

"Bassong's two-match suspension, due to it being his second dismissal of the season, begins with immediate effect."

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