PSG Striker Mbappe Handed 3-Match Ban After Red Card
French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has been suspended for three matches after his red card against Nimes last weekend, the French league announced on Wednesday.
Mbappe, 19, who also scored in the 4-2 win, was sent off for pushing over Teji Savanier after the Nimes player H@cked him to the ground.
Following the ban, the reigning French champions will be without Mbappe for Ligue 1 games against Saint-Etienne on September 14, Rennes on September 23 and Reims three days later.
Savanier, who was also dismissed by referee Jerome Brisard after the incident, has been handed a five-match suspension.
But the ban does not affect Mbappe’s participation in PSG’s mouthwatering Champions League opener against last season’s runners-up Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, September 18.
Mbappe had already been booked in the first half of the encounter last Saturday for taking the ball away before a Nimes free-kick.
It is the second red card of Mbappe’s young and sensational career after he was sent off in January for a bad foul on Rennes’ Ismaila Sarr during a French League Cup semi-final.
The World Cup winning youngster is currently with the France squad preparing for Thursday’s UEFA Nations League opener against Germany in Munich, he was not present at Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing.
Mbappe was named the best young player of the tournament after scoring four goals as France won the World Cup for the second time in July, becoming only the second teenager after Brazilian legend Pele to net in a World Cup final.