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FC Copenhagen's Micheal Santos Gets 3-game Ban for Assault in Europa League Clash

Michael Santos (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Michael Santos (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Michael Santos was charged by police after he barged into an officer while celebrating a goal in FC Copenhagen's win over Celtic in the Europa League second leg of their round of 32.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: April 15, 2020, 6:16 PM IST
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FC Copenhagen's Michael Santos has been banned for three games by UEFA for assaulting a policeman during a Europa League game at Celtic in February, European soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan forward was charged by police after he barged into an officer while celebrating Pep Biel's 85th minute goal in a 3-1 win over the Scottish side in the second leg of their round of 32 tie on Feb. 27.

The policeman was looking to prevent Santos from getting any closer to away fans at Celtic Park and a Copenhagen steward was also charged by police as tempers flared.

"The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend... Santos for a total of three UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible," UEFA said in a statement.

Copenhagen, who defeated Celtic 4-2 on aggregate, lost 1-0 in the first leg of their last 16 tie at Istanbul Basaksehir last month before the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition.

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