Extended ban for Lacazette while Chelsea face UEFA probe

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Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 fixtures with Rennes after being given an additional two-match ban by UEFA for his dismissal against BATE Borisov.

Lacazette has been punished for his direct red card in the February 14 last-32 first leg loss in Belarus, given a three-match ban, but as he missed Thursday night’s second leg, his absence is for a further two matches.

After having a second-half equaliser correctly ruled out for offside, Lacazette was sent off for swinging an elbow in frustration towards Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining.

Chelsea face further disciplinary action in charges announced on Friday.

The Blues have been charged for a pitch invader in Thursday night’s win over Malmo, who have been charged for their supporters using flares.

Chelsea and Malmo are already facing charges for offences in the February 14 first leg, while UEFA is yet to rule on the alleged anti-Semitic chanting by the London club’s supporters in December’s fixture with Vidi in Budapest.

Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia has been banned for both matches versus Krasnodar in the next round “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” in the first leg against Celtic.

And Schalke have been charged with the throwing of objects during their 3-2 Champions League loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

 

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