Southend United have opted against appealing Barry Corr’s red card from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
The Blues forward was sent off in the 81st minute at Home Park following an off the ball incident with the Pilgrims captain Darren Purse.
However, after reviewing the video evidence manager Paul Sturrock has decided not to pursue a challenge with the Football Association.
“We have decided not appeal the decision,” Sturrock confirmed to the official website.
“The DVD catches the incident but it isn’t clear cut as to what happened so I think any appeal would be unsuccessful.
“It has to be a 100 per cent clear and obvious error by the referee to stand a chance of being overturned and I think in this instance that isn’t the case.
“That’s not to say Barry is guilty but you have to make a judgement based on the evidence available and the probability of success.”
That means Corr, who only returned from 17 months out of action 10 days ago, will now miss United’s next three matches.
The 27-year-old will be unavailable for Southend’s games against Burton Albion, Barnet and Dagenham and Redbridge.
“It’s obviously a blow not just to us but also to Barry,” added the Blues boss.
“He’s just come back from a very long time out injured and needs game time to get up to full speed.
“However, the only positive thing is that the three games come in the next seven days so it will get the suspension over and done with quickly.”
The FA have confirmed that Corr will be allowed to play in Wednesday’s reserve team friendly at Witham Town, despite the ban.