Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic suspended four matches from European play

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Lazar Markovic has been handed a four-match ban from European competition after UEFA reviewed his sending off against Basel.

The Serbian midfielder will now miss Liverpool’s upcoming matches against Besiktas in Europa League, as well as the next two matches after that should the Reds advance.

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Markovic received a straight red card in Liverpool’s Champions League match against Basel for flicking the face of defender Behrang Safari.

Normally, this would warrant a three-match suspension. However, Markovic was also sent off in Europa League play last season for Benfica, which was a reason his ban was increased to four games.

In the wake of the announcement, Markovic took to Twitter to show his displeasure with the ruling.

Liverpool has chosen not to appeal the ban, and Markovic will not be suspended from any Premier League action.