Real Madrid CF defender Roberto Carlos has lodged an appeal against a two-match ban imposed by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body. The appeal will be heard by UEFA's Appeals Body in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday.
The Brazilian full-back was suspended by UEFA last Monday on a charge of improper conduct after retaliating to a foul by FC Bayern München's Martin Demichelis in the 59th minute of last week's UEFA Champions League first knockout round match between the two teams in Munich, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The ban means that, subject to the appeal proceedings, Roberto Carlos will miss next week's return leg in Madrid.
In accordance with its regulations, UEFA opened an inquiry into the incident after TV evidence showed the Brazilian hitting out at Demichelis after being fouled by the Argentinian defender, who received a yellow card. Match referee Terje Hauge cautioned Demichelis for the challenge, but was unable to see Roberto Carlos's reaction to the foul because his view was impeded by two players.
Foul taken into account
In taking its verdict, the UEFA disciplinary body ruled that Roberto Carlos had committed an act of assault, which usually carries a three-match ban. However, it took into account the foul committed on the player, and subsequently imposed a two-match suspension.
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