Manchester United: Ivory Coast Defender Eric Bailly Faces Potential Uefa Ban Extension

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Manchester United’s Ivory Coast defender, Eric Bailly, could have his European ban extended after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings over his red card against Celta Vigo.

The closing stages of United’s semi-final aggregate victory against Celta Vigo on Thursday, a 1-1 draw that sent the Red Devils through 2-1 on aggregate, saw both sides reduced to 10 men following a heated clash, with Bailly dismissed for raising his hand to John Guidetti and Facundo Roncaglia for retaliating.


Man Utd’s Bailly watches on after Guidetti falls to the floor via BTS Sport

Both players will now be suspended for the final in Stockholm against Ajax on May 24.

The 23-year-old has impressed in his first season at Old Trafford but lost his composure towards the end of Thursday’s 1-1 draw.

Bailly was handed a straight red card for pushing John Guidetti in the face, with Celta defender Facundo Roncaglia following him down the tunnel after raising his hand to the Ivorian in retaliation.

After Herrera hit the deck, players from both teams crowded around and began to shove each other.

Both players are suspended for at least one European club competition match, meaning United centre-back Bailly will miss the Europa League final against Ajax on May 24.

A direct red card carries a one-match ban – which means he will miss the final – but Uefa will determine whether to extend that at a hearing on 20 July.

His case does not qualify for appeal. European football’s governing body only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.

Bailly was sent off for a swipe at Celta’s former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, with Facundo Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

Speaking on Friday, manager Jose Mourinho said Bailly would play in the club’s three remaining Premier League fixtures to “give a rest to some of the others”.

United play Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, 24 May. A victory would guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.

The club’s final game of the domestic season is at home against Crystal Palace, three days before the match in Stockholm.

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