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Appeals Body upholds Steaua striker ban

FC Steaua Bucureşti and the Romanian club's forward Pantelis Kapetanos have lost their appeal against the four-match suspension handed down to the player earlier this month.

Pantelis Kapetanos must serve a four-match ban in the UEFA club competitions
Pantelis Kapetanos must serve a four-match ban in the UEFA club competitions ©Getty Images

UEFA has rejected an appeal by FC Steaua Bucureşti and the Romanian club's forward Pantelis Kapetanos and upheld a disciplinary decision to suspend Kapetanos for four European club competition matches.

The UEFA Appeals Body today turned down the appeal and confirmed the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body's ruling of 6 October. As a result, Kapetanos will serve the four-match ban that was handed to him following his 31st-minute sending-off during Steaua's UEFA Europa League Group K game against SSC Napoli in Bucharest on 30 September.

The Control and Disciplinary Body had found him guilty of assault on an opposing player.

The Greece striker will miss Steaua's next four UEFA Europa League group stage matches – against FC Utrecht (away, 21 October and home, 4 November), Liverpool FC (home, 2 December) and Napoli (away, 15 December).