An independent tribunal has upheld the Football Association's decision to reject West Ham's appeal against Andy Carroll's three-match ban, reports BBC Sport. The Premier League side threatened legal action against the FA after their initial attempt to overturn the ban was turned down.
An FA statement said: "An independent arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rule K has dismissed a legal challenge brought by West Ham United and Andy Carroll in relation to the red card received by Carroll in the match between West Ham United FC and Swansea on 1 February 2014.
"The independent tribunal resolved that there was no serious issue to be tried and also awarded The FA its costs."
Before Friday's hearing, West Ham had promised to abide by the decision.
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