QPR midfielder Shaun Derry loses Manchester United red card appeal


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Shaun Derry today lost his appeal against his controversial sending-off in QPR's Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United and will miss tomorrow's clash with Swansea.

Midfielder Derry was red-carded for tripping Ashley Young in the penalty area 14 minutes into Rangers' 2-0 loss at Old Trafford on Sunday after officials failed to spot Young was offside.

QPR lodged an appeal for wrongful dismissal in the hope a Football Association regulatory commission would take into account the refereeing error.

There were also suggestions Young may have dived to win the spot-kick, with Rangers chief executive Philip Beard claiming the winger "could partner diver Tom Daley at the Olympic Games".

But the FA announced this afternoon the decision to punish Derry for denying a goalscoring opportunity stood, as did his one-match ban.