Newcastle United FC midfield player Nicky Butt has received a three-match ban following his sending-off in last week's UEFA Cup tie against Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC.
Butt was dismissed shortly after coming on as a substitute in the first-round match after reacting angrily to a foul by Abbass Swan on Patrick Kluivert, which earned the Bnei Sakhnin player a red card also. UEFA said that its Control and Disciplinary Body had qualified the player's actions as an assault.
Newcastle have until midnight on Sunday to appeal against the decision. As things stand, though, the English international will miss the return leg in Israel next week, together with the first two matches in the group stage, should Newcastle advance. Graeme Souness's side lead 2-0 after the first leg.
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