The football club Bayern Munich have confirmed that they won’t play forward Thomas Muller for both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool due to the straight red card by French referee Clément Turpin in the 75th minute of Bayern’s final group stage match against Ajax. The red card was shown to Muller for a nasty high tackle which saw him kick the head of Ajax’s defender Nicolas Tagliafico.
The mandatory ban for a red card stands at one match, but UEFA deemed the incident to be a serious offense, extending the suspension to two games at a hearing on January 10. So, Muller was banned for two matches following the red card but his club Bayern appealed to UEFA hoping to see the suspension drop to one. However, Bayern has now upheld the decision about the mandatory call. Therefore Muller will miss both legs against the English side Liverpool.
This seems like good news for Liverpool, but according to sports analyst this no much effect on the Bayern as Muller who was usually so reliable for club and country has not had the best season, struggling to replicate his previous form as compared to the forward’s last 19 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Nevertheless, Liverpool will also go into the first leg game without the centre-back Virgil van Dijk because of a suspension for receiving three yellow cards in the group stage of the competition.