(CNN) -- Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss the Manchester derby against United this weekend after not appealing the violent conduct charge lodged against him by the English Football Association on Tuesday.
Adebayor has also been charged for his goal celebration in last Saturday's defeat of Arsenal.
Adebayor had until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge and, in accepting it, has effectively condemned himself to an immediate three-match ban.
The FA's disciplinary panel will formally sit in judgement on Thursday, but the punishment for such offences is automatic and it seems unlikely there will be any change in that stance. Adebayor -- Hero or villain?
City knew there was little point in contesting the case once referee Mark Clattenburg confirmed he would have sent Adebayor off if he had seen the stamp on former Arsenal strike partner Robin van Persie last Saturday.
The Dutchman sustained a cut to the head and launched a fierce attack on his former team-mate, who he claimed had acted in a "malicious" manner.
City have another few days before they decide whether to contest the improper conduct charge brought against Adebayor for his ill-advised goal celebration in front of Arsenal's supporters in City's 4-2 victory.
Although Manchester United's Gary Neville was only fined for a similar offence in a match against Liverpool at Old Trafford in 2003, the FA do have the power to suspend players for such behavior.
And, as both Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and FA counterpart Ian Watmore have spoken out against the reaction, leniency cannot be guaranteed.
Providing the FA confirm the player's three-match ban on Thursday , Adebayor will miss the encounter with United on Sunday, the Carling Cup tie with Fulham next Wednesday and a Premier League meeting with West Ham on September 28. Adebayor deserves to be banned
Any additional suspension would start with the trip to Aston Villa, which would rule Adebayor out of domestic action until October 18, when City travel to local rivals Wigan.
It leaves City manager Mark Hughes facing a striker crisis this weekend, with only Craig Bellamy of his front-line forwards likely to be available.
Robinho, Roque Santa Cruz and Benjani have already been consigned to the injured list and Carlos Tevez is rated extremely doubtful to face his old club.