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Liverpool have received a Champions League boost after Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller was handed an extended two-match ban which rules him out of both legs in the round of 16.
Muller faced a mandatory one-match ban which ruled him out of the first leg at Anfield on February 19 but UEFA’s disciplinary panel have now imposed a two-game sanction, meaning he is out of the second leg on March 13 against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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.”
Bayern have already responded saying they will appeal against the decision.
Maximilian Woeber also misses the round of 16 games for Ajax against Real Madrid for his red card in a separate incident during the draw with Bayern.
Meanwhile, Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November.
Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.
He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers.
UEFA said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rule s of decent conduct.”
He was suspended from Croatia’s next UEFA competition match, which is the Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Azerbaijan in March.
Despite the win, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.