Bayern's Thomas Muller banned vs Liverpool in Champions League

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

Thomas Muller has received a two-match ban by UEFA meaning he will miss both legs of Bayern Munich's Champions League last-16 encounter with Liverpool.

Müller, 29, was sent off in Bayern's group game against Ajax last month for a flying challenge which caught Nicolas Tagliafico, the left back, in the head.

Muller was sent off in the 75th minute of Bayern Munich's 3-3 draw against Ajax on December 12 when he kicked Nicolas Tagliafico in the head while lunging for the ball.

That means Muller will play no part in a heavyweight meeting with Liverpool, though Bayern have confirmed that they will appeal the punishment.

Muller expressed his regret over his ugly challenge in the immediate aftermath, taking to Twitter to post: "I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for yesterday's incident". It was unintentional. Get well soon'.

The first leg of the tie takes place at Anfield on February 19 before the return at the Allianz Arena on March 13.

UEFA have also banned Croatia defender Dejan Lovren for one global match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side's 3-2 Nations League win in November. He also told reporters after the match that Spain were "rude on the pitch" and bad losers.

UEFA also threatened Eintracht with a one-game ban on selling tickets to an away game in the Champions League or Europa League in the next two years.

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