UEFA extends Zaniolo’s suspension in Europa League

AS Roma's Italian midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Italian Serie A football match between AS Roma and Atalanta Bergamo on September 18, 2022 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)
Andy Mattioli

Nicolo Zaniolo will not be taking part in Roma’s upcoming Europa League group stage games after picking up an unnecessary red card in the Giallorossi’s first leg with Real Betis at the Stadio Olimpico.

Following the red card, the youngster was suspended for the return leg in Seville where Roma drew 1-1 with Betis.

UEFA have officially extended the punishment for the last two remaining group stage affairs with Ludogorets and Helsinki.

If Roma were to win both games and advance to the next round, Zaniolo would return at Jose Mourinho’s disposal in February.

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