UEFA bans Ibrahimovic for two games
NYON, Switzerland (AP)
UEFA has banned Zlatan Ibrahimovic for two Champions League matches, ruling the influential forward out of the quarterfinals, first leg if Paris Saint-Germain advances.
UEFA says its disciplinary panel extended an automatic one-match sanction for Ibrahimovic's challenge on Valencia midfielder Andres Guardado in stoppage-time of a last-16, first-leg match this month.
Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red card in stoppage-time in Spain, and was already certain to miss the return in Paris on March 6. PSG holds a 2-1 lead.
UEFA's additional punishment applies to the next European club competition for which Ibrahimovic is eligible.
UEFA makes the quarterfinals draw on March 15.
Ibrahimovic and PSG can appeal to UEFA.