Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has been banned for three European matches after his Champions League red card against RB Leipzig. The England RB was sent off for a bad foul on striker Andre Silva in the 82nd moment of City’s last Champions League group match on December 7. The suspension, handed down by UEFA’s disciplinary body on Friday, rules Walker out of both legs of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon. UEFA branded the challenge as “assault ” on their disciplinary charge sheet. Walker will likewise miss the first leg of the quarter-final if City beat beat Sporting, or their first match in European competition next season.
“The red card hurts us, especially for the round of 16. Kyle Walker is an important player for us and is unnecessary to lose him like this. I hope he learns from this,” Guardiola said immediately after the RB Leipzig match.