As per a post-match debrief from Jack Gaughan of the Mail, there is in fact a possibility that Kyle Walker’s suspension could be increased beyond just the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16 by UEFA’s disciplinary panel.
The three-time Premier League champion was sent off following a mindless hacking at the legs of RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva, in what was effectively a dead rubber of a contest.
Walker’s red card summed up a hugely frustrating night for Manchester City, where the Premier League side simply weren’t at the races and succumbed to a deserved 2-1 defeat in front of an empty Red Bull Arena.
While the England international’s one game suspension is a given, UEFA rules and regulations indicate that straight red card for violent conduct can lead to a three-match ban.
As Manchester City’s round of 16 fate awaits with the draw set to be conducted on December 13th, a visibly frustrated Pep Guardiola couldn’t hide his exasperation when speaking to broadcasters after the game on Tuesday night.
“It’s a red card. Definitely. I’m not coming here to say what happened in the dressing room," the manager explained.
On a night where the Spaniard started his trusted right-back from the off to boost his rhythm after he was deemed unavailable for a trip to Aston Villa last week, this was doubly frustrating for Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City will keep their fingers crossed that Kyle Walker’s suspension does not extend beyond the first-leg of the last-16, considering the importance of his defensive exploits in Europe, in particular since his arrival in 2017.
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