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Muller suspended two matches for high boot

UEFA Mueller Ban

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, right, is fouled by Bayern’s Thomas Mueller during the Champions League group E soccer match between Ajax and FC Bayern Munich at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has been banned for both games against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16. UEFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a two-game ban for Mueller’s red card after a bad tackle against Ajax last month. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)


Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller was suspended two Champions League matches for the red card he received in the 75th minute of the 3-3 draw with Ajax to close out group stage play in mid-December.

As a result, Muller will miss both legs of the Round of 16 matchup against last year’s runners-up Liverpool.

The 29-year-old German was sent off for a vicious high-boot to the head of Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. The standard Champions League ban for a straight red card involving violent conduct is one match, but the disciplinary committee chose to tack on an additional match due to the nature of the foul.

The straight red card was the first of Muller’s career and just the second sending off of his entire professional career of any variety, a remarkable record that spans 465 matches all for Bayern Munich. The only other time Muller has been sent off was a 2009 Champions League group stage match against Bordeaux when he was handed a second yellow card in the 30th minute of an eventual 2-1 loss.

Muller apologized to Tagliafico for the foul after the match on social media, saying it was “unintentional.” Bayern has announced it will appeal the decision.

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