Manchester City’s Kyle Walker handed a three-match Champions League ban
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.
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.
Walker claimed last week that his red card against Leipzig was “really awful judgment” and “a dumb blunder that a 31-year-old shouldn’t be making given the number of games he’s played.”
‘I’m human, I make errors, and I learn from them. I’ll be OK.’ Hopefully, my results from here until the end of the season will justify that, and I’ll be able to take home some hardware.’
Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are City’s potential fullbacks for the European matches due to the England international’s unavailability.