Marcus Rashford’s Champions League suspension confirmed after Copenhagen red card

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been suspended for only one Champions League match following his red card against FC Copenhagen.

The England international was sent off in United’s 4-3 defeat on November 8 for a challenge on Elias Jelert.

But UEFA, European football’s governing body, confirmed on Friday that the tackle did not merit greater punishment.

The sanction means he will miss United’s crucial trip to Galatasaray on Wednesday, but will return for the final group stage clash against Bayern Munich.

In the 42nd minute of United’s clash in Copenhagen, Rashford attempted to shield the ball in his own box after Elias Achouri had lost control of possession. However, in doing so, he inadvertently lunged into Jelert, planting his studs into his opponent’s ankle.

The incident was not spotted by the on-field officials but after VAR recommended the decision be reviewed, Rashford was dismissed.

United had been enjoying a two-goal advantage at that stage, courtesy of a Rasmus Hojlund double, but Copenhagen scored twice before half-time to level the score and ran out eventual winners.

UEFA have classified the incident from Rashford as ‘rough play’, which has led to their decision to sanction the forward for one match.

Separately, UEFA has fined Copenhagen a total of €31.75k (£27.5k), comprised of a €23.75k (£20.6k) fine for the lighting of fireworks inside the stadium during the match and a further €8k (£6.9k) for a spectator entering the field of play.

Rashford has started each of United’s opening four Champions League games this season, registering two assists in the process.

More to follow.

(Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

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