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UEFA hands Ibrahimovic two-match ban in Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Olympic Marseille at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris February 24, 2013.

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Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for two games by UEFA on Wednesday for his sending off in the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Valencia, the governing body said.

The Swede was shown a straight red card in stoppage time after lunging at fullback Andres Guardado with his studs up in PSG's 2-1 victory in Spain on Feb. 12.

Ibrahimovic will miss the return leg in Paris on March 6 and the first leg of the quarter-final should the French league leaders progress.

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UEFA also rejected Schalke 04's protest that Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba was eligible to play in their first leg in Istanbul on Feb. 20.

Ivorian striker Drogba joined the Turkish club in late January from Shanghai Shenhua. The Chinese club had initially tried to block the transfer saying he had violated the terms of his contract.

"Having examined all the documents of the case, the Control and Disciplinary Body decided to reject the protest lodged by Schalke," UEFA said in a statement.

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