MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Harry Novillo of City FC and Roy Krishna of the Phoenix compete for the ball during the round 25 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on March 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Melbourne City's Harry Novillo will not play in this week's semifinal, after he failed in his attempt to have his ban reduced.

Novillo argued that he was off-balance when he threw his leg out during the half time melee between City and Adelaide United in Round 27.

However, the three-man committee dismissed his claims, upholding his two game ban.

“I was falling back, I didn’t touch no one at all,” Novillo said during the hearing on Tuesday night.

“Looking at the footage of the scene, I think it’s not a good image for the championship and we have to work together to stop this from happening in the future.

“It’s not normal that I am at this place. I regret getting in this action.”

City will now be forced to take on Adelaide United in the do or die semifinal at Coopers Stadium without the 24-year-old Frenchman. The only way Novillo can play again this season is if City make it to the grand final on May 1st.