THE Football Association has rejected an appeal by Charlton Athletic against a three-match ban imposed on Richard Rufus. The defender was sent off at Newcastle on the opening day of the season.

Addicks boss Alan Curbishley sent a video of the clash at St James's Park to the authorities, in the hope they would agree the incident warranted only a one-match suspension.

However, the rejection means the key defender will miss games against Premiership big-guns Arsenal, Manchester United and Derby County. A spokesman for Charlton was unable to say if they would be taking the matter further.

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Meanwhile, fans denied sought after season tickets in the Jimmy Seed stand have got them after all, now that the club has re-arranged seating for directors and the press.

Between 100 and 150 were up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis before Saturday's clash with Southampton at The Valley.

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