English Premiership

UEFA extends Bailly ban to three games

2017-07-25 12:43
Eric Bailly (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Eric Bailly has been further punished by UEFA after receiving a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals.

The 23-year-old defender enjoyed a fine debut season at United following his switch from Villarreal in 2016, one that should have been capped off in style.

But Bailly lost his cool in the closing stages of the second-leg encounter at Old Trafford, getting himself sent off for violent conduct after clashing with John Guidetti and sparking a brawl.

The Ivory Coast international served an automatic one-game suspension for his red card, watching from the sidelines as the Red Devils beat Ajax in the final to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time in their history.

However, Bailly is set to miss another glamour tie in his fledgling United career after European football's governing body decided to suspend the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner for a further two matches, ruling him out of the UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid.

He got the better of Los Blancos very recently when Jose Mourinho's side came out on top in a penalty shootout after Sunday's clash in the International Champions Cup ended in a 1-1 draw.

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