UEFA bans Copenhagen forward Michael Santos for assault during goal celebration
UEFA banned Copenhagen forward Michael Santos for three games on Wednesday for his clash with police and security staff during a goal celebration at Celtic
Nyon (Switzerland): UEFA banned Copenhagen forward Michael Santos for three games on Wednesday for his clash with police and security staff during a goal celebration at Celtic.
A disciplinary charge against Santos of assaulting another person present at the match was found proven, UEFA said in a statement.
The Uruguayan forward was also charged by police in Scotland after the incident in the Europa League on 27 February.
Santos was celebrating Copenhagen's second goal in a 3-1 win in the Round of 32, second leg when scorer Pep Biel ran past police and security stewards toward the team's fans.
The clash happened as Santos, who had earlier scored, was the first teammate to reach Biel.
Police also charged a member of Copenhagen's security staff, who the club said had tried to prevent a clash.
Copenhagen said in February we are now waiting to see if the Scottish Police will pursue the case, and of course, we will cooperate if they want more information from the club.
Santos played in Copenhagen's Round of 16, first-leg game against Istanbul
Basakshehir before the Europa League was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. He is suspended for the next three games he would otherwise be eligible to play in UEFA club competitions.
Santos and Copenhagen can appeal against the verdict to UEFA.
No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons.
He scored two goals in 21 games in Madrid before joining Milan last season on loan, scoring seven goals in 39 appearances for the northern Italian outfit.
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