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Carlos handed two-match ban

March 01, 2004 22:10 IST

Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos will miss the return leg of his side's Champions League knockout tie against Bayern Munich after he was handed a two-match ban by UEFA on Monday.

The Brazilian international was given the ban by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee for "improper conduct" after retaliating for a foul by Bayern defender Martin Demichelis in the 59th minute of last week's 1-1 draw in Munich.

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"The UEFA disciplinary body ruled that Roberto Carlos had committed an act of assault, which usually carries a three-match ban," read a statement on UEFA's website.

"However, it took into account the foul committed on the player, and subsequently imposed a two-match suspension."

UEFA said that the player had until midnight on Thursday to lodge an appeal against the suspension.

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