Copenhagen’s Santos earns 3-match ban for police attack in Europa League tie

Michael Santos celebrates scoring against Celtic in Europa League.

FC Copenhagen‘s Michael Santos has been banned for three games by UEFA for assaulting a policeman during a Europa League game at Celtic in February.

The Uruguayan forward was charged by police after he barged into an officer while celebrating Pep Biel‘s 85th minute goal in a 3-1 win over the Scottish side in the second leg of their round-of-32 tie on Feb. 27.

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The policeman was looking to prevent Santos from getting any closer to away fans at Celtic Park and a Copenhagen steward was also charged with an offence by police as tempers flared.

“The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend. Santos for a total of three UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible,” UEFA said in a statement.

Copenhagen, who defeated Celtic 4-2 on aggregate, lost 1-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie at Istanbul Basaksehir last month before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition.

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