Thomas Muller: Bayern Munich forward suspended for Liverpool tie

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

Bayern Munich will be without Thomas Müller for both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool after Uefa increased his suspension by one more match.

Muller made contact with Tagliafico's head while challenging for the ball and the match had to be paused as the Ajax defender received medical treatment on the ground.

This will be the first time Liverpool and Bayern have ever met in the Champions League, and the first time they have met over two legs since the 1981 European Cup semi-finals.

Bayern play at Anfield on February 19 and host Jurgen Klopp's side in the second leg on March 13.

The incident did not appear intentional, as Muller himself clarified on Twitter after the match: "I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico". A straight red card warrants a mandatory one-match ban but Uefa deemed the offence severe enough to increase that punishment. It was unintentional. Get well soon'.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's Croatia Dejan Lovren defender has been banned for one global match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side's 3-2 Nations League win in November.

UEFA said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone "whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rule s of decent conduct".

Despite the win, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA's new competition.

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