FA chairman David Bernstein has strongly defended Howard Webb's role in the Mario Balotelli violent conduct charge.
Bernstein said: "Howard Webb is a fantastic referee and a great ambassador for the sport. His ability and integrity are beyond question.
"He has the utmost respect from within football in England and around the world.
"We all have a duty to respect our referees. To question their integrity or imply anything other than total impartiality is reckless and unfounded."
Balotelli will miss matches against Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa.