UEFA’s disciplinary committee have banned Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic for one Champions League match following his red card against Chelsea, and given defender Serge Aurier a three-match suspension for the comments he made about the referee on social media.
Ibrahimovic can consider himself fortunate to have escaped with only a one-match ban after receiving a straight red card for a foul on Oscar during PSG’s second-leg bout against Chelsea according to L’Equipe.
Laurent Blanc’s side secured a 2-2 extra-time draw at Stamford Bridge and now head into the quarter-finals knowing that Zlatan will be returning for the second leg.
The Swedish striker could have been handed a two-match ban, but the leniency of the disciplinary panel means that he will likely feature in Europe’s premier continental club competition again this season.
For Aurier, however, the outlook is not so bright.
The on-loan Toulouse defender took to social media to insult the referee of PSG’s last Champions League match-calling him a ‘son of a b****’ and has been hit with a three-match ban by UEFA.
The Cote d’Ivoire international will not be eligible until the second leg of the semi-final should the capital club advance past the final eight.
Aurier’s suspension is perhaps a sign of things to come for Ibrahimovic, who himself looks likely to face a domestic sanction for ranting against the referee following PSG’s Ligue 1 defeat to Girondins de Bordeaux.
Blanc’s side will learn the identity of their Champions League quarter-final opponents on Friday with the draw commencing at 11.00 GMT.