UEFA bans Bayern’s Mueller for both games against Liverpool

Thomas Muller was red carded for his challenge on Nicolas Tagliafico

Thomas Muller was red carded for his challenge on Nicolas Tagliafico

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller will miss both legs of the Champions League last 16 tie with Liverpool following his red card last month.

Muller was sent off in Bayern's final group match in December when, in attempting to bring down a high ball, his high boot caught Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico on the back of the head.

The Germany worldwide apologised to Tagliafico following the incident and has now been handed his punishment by UEFA.

Bayern plays at Liverpool on February 19 and hosts the second leg on March 13 in a clash of five-time European champions.

The sending-off was the first of Muller's career and after the incident he posted on social media: "I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for the incident".

'There was no intention [in the foul]. "It was unintentional. Get well soon".

Meanwhile, Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one worldwide match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side's 3-2 Nations League win in November.

He also told reporters after the match that Spain were "rude on the pitch" and bad losers.

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