By Alex Stevens

Alex Mowatt’s bid to have his red card against Birmingham overturned has been rejected by the Football Association, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Leeds challenged the decision to send Mowatt off for a foul in the final seconds of their 2-1 victory at St Andrews on Tuesday night, a punishment which left the 21-year-old facing an automatic three-match ban.

Leeds manager Steve Evans lodged an appeal after describing Mowatt’s sliding tackle on Birmingham’s Ryan Shotton as “a yellow card at best”.

But an independent FA commission have rejected the midfielder’s claim for wrongful dismissal following an investigation.

The governing body announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that Mowatt’s three-game suspension stands.

Mowatt will miss Saturday’s meeting with Reading and next week’s matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull.

The dismissal was the first of a career which saw Mowatt pass the 100 appearances mark for Leeds this month.

Both Evans and Birmingham manager Gary Rowett were critical of referee Chris Kavanagh at full-time, with Evans accusing the official of “losing control”.

Evans added: “We had to endure a refereeing performance which can’t be acceptable. He gave a red card which was never a red with the benefit of watching it back.

“He’s an honest guy, he’s normally a good performer, but he had a poor night.”

Leeds cemented their position of 15th in the Championship, four points clear of 16th placed Blackburn.

In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.