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PSG’s Mbappe gets 3-game ban for shove, red card

France Soccer League One

Referee Jerome Brisard issues a red cart to PSG’s Kylian Mbappe during their League One soccer match between Nimes and Paris Saint-Germain at Jean-Bouin stadium in Nimes, southern France, Saturday Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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Kylian Mbappe has been suspended for three games after the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was sent off in Ligue 1 action at the weekend.

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The 19-year-old, who suffered a late — and malicious — challenge from Teji Savanier in stoppage time during the defending champions’ 4-2 victory on Saturday, received his red card for shoving the Nimes midfielder to the ground. Savanier was handed a five-game ban by the French league’s disciplinary committee.

With four goals and two assists in the first three games of the league season (he started only two of the games and has played just 225 minutes), Mbappe has picked up right where he left off at this summer’s World Cup — and last season in Ligue 1, when he scored 13 goals and assisted 8 more in league play alone.

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Mbappe will miss Ligue 1 matches against Saint-Etienne (Sept. 14), Rennes (Sept. 23) and Reims (Sept. 26). He will, however, be eligible to play in PSG’s UEFA Champions League opener against Liverpool on Sept. 18.

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