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Del Horno banned for one match

Published: Tuesday 28 February 2006, 20.29CET
Chelsea FC's Asier Del Horno has been suspended for one match following his dismissal against FC Barcelona, ruling him out of the Camp Nou return.
Published: Tuesday 28 February 2006, 20.29CET

Del Horno banned for one match

Chelsea FC's Asier Del Horno has been suspended for one match following his dismissal against FC Barcelona, ruling him out of the Camp Nou return.

Chelsea FC left-back Asier Del Horno has been suspended for one UEFA competition match after last week's dismissal against FC Barcelona, sidelining him for the Camp Nou return next Tuesday.

Messi challenge
The 25-year-old was sent off in the 39th minute of the first leg of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie, following a challenge on Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body used video evidence to reach today's decision, ruling that the red card was not violent conduct and that there were no circumstances which might justify increasing the minimum sanction of a one-match suspension.

'Excessive force'
"After viewing the video footage of the incident, the [Control and Disciplinary Body] chairman ad hoc estimates that this incident falls outside the scope of violent conduct and he finds it reasonable to reclassify it as rough play since the player, Del Horno, used excessive force without intention to hit," UEFA said.

Chelsea behind
Chelsea will be without Spanish international Del Horno when they travel to Barcelona on 7 March, trailing 2-1 from the game at Stamford Bridge. Should the English club overcome their deficit, Del Horno would be free to return for the quarter-finals, along with team-mate Michael Essien, who is halfway through serving a two-match ban for gross unsporting conduct.

Last updated: 01/03/06 10.10CET

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