Liverpool's Lazar Markovic banned for four European games by UEFA
Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been banned for 4 matches by UEFA, and has been ruled out of the club's round of 32 and round of 16 matches.
Liverpool’s winger Lazar Markovic has been banned for four European games by UEFA. The 20-year-old Serbian international received a red card and was sent off in his side’s final Champions League group game against Basel for catching Behrang Safari in the face with his outstretched hand.
The match ended in a draw 1-1 and Liverpool were eliminated from the Champions League, a competition for which the Reds had qualified for after a gap of five years.
Players who receive red cards are usually banned for one match or a maximum of three matches, but Markovic has received a four match ban as he was also sent off while playing for Benfica in last season's Europa League semi-final clash against Juventus.
Liverpool have decided not to appeal Uefa’s decision and the Serbian will miss both legs of the Round of 32 Europa League clash against Besiktas, the first leg of which is at Anfield, as well as the home and away Round of 16 matches should the Reds progress.
Markovic responded to the ban by simply tweeting the message "4?" with a picture of himself looking unhappy.