Kyle Walker, a Manchester City defender, has been given a three-match Champions League suspension for ‘assault’ ahead of the knockout stages.
During City’s 2-1 dead-rubber defeat in Germany at the start of December, the right-back was sent off for petulantly kicking out at RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva late in the game.
Walker was suspended for both legs of the last-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon by UEFA’s disciplinary board on Tuesday.
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Walker received an automatic one-game suspension, but each disciplinary case is reviewed by UEFA, who doubled his punishment for what the rules define as “violence.”
City will go to Lisbon on February 15 to try to improve on their performance in the Champions League final last season, when they were defeated by Chelsea.
Walker’s dismissal was deemed ‘unnecessary’ by Pep Guardiola, who added that he hoped the defender would ‘learn’ from his transgression.