Manchester United will have play the UEFA Super Cup without a key defender as Eric Bailly has been suspended for three matches by UEFA for violent conduct.
A UEFA statement was released as “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Manchester United FC player Eric Bailly for three UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible.”
Bailly, the Ivorian was involved in an on field spat with Celta Vigo striker John Guidetti in the semi final of the Europa League last season. He was sent off in that match for violent conduct as the former Villareal man lashed out at the Swedish striker. He grabbed the former Manchester City man round his throat and was shown a red card and banned for one match initially, which he served as he missed out United’s Europa League final triumph over dutch side Ajax.
But UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings over this red card and an announcement was made that his ban will be extended to three games. The news will come as a frustrating one for Jose Mourinho as Bailly has established himself as a first choice at Old Trafford. The extended two match ban means Bailly will miss the Super Cup game at Norway on August 8 where the Red Devils will face the current Champions League holders Real Madrid and the first group stage game of next season.
Bailly has impressed his manager with his gutsy display on the field
The Ivory Coast international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because European football’s governing body UEFA only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity, and it was for violent conduct so he has no chance of appealing.
Bailly may consider the decision unfortunate as he was part of a mass brawl that evening and even his manager went on to support him after the incident. Manchester United has also been warned by UEFA for late kick off issues.