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Lacazette out of Arsenal’s Europa League last 16 legs

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Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal’s entire Europa League last-16 tie after the striker was handed a three-game suspension following his sending off against BATE.

France forward Lacazette was shown a straight red for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic in the late stages of last week’s 1-0 loss away to BATE and will no play no part in either of next month’s matches against Rennes.

The 27-year-old has already served one match of his ban, sitting out the 3-0 home triumph over the Belarusian side in the return encounter at Emirates Stadium, meaning he is free to return for the quarter-finals if Unai Emery’s men advance past their Ligue 1 opponents, whom they were drawn against on Friday.

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Arsenal had few troubles in overturning the deficit incurred against BATE as Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both struck after Zakhar Volkov’s early own goal to confirm an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win on aggregate.

Valencia, meanwhile, have lost Geoffrey Kondogbia for both meetings with Krasnodar after UEFA punished the midfielder for deliberately picking up a booking in their first-leg victory against Celtic.

Kondogbia was cautioned for time wasting in Glasgow in an apparent attempt to serve a yellow-card ban before the last 16, which he will now sit out.

UEFA’s decision is a timely one with the governing body investigating Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos after he allegedly committed a similar act away to Ajax in the Champions League knockout rounds.

Elsewhere, Serie A outfit Lazio have had a charge of racist behaviour levelled against them – stemming from the 3-0 aggregate loss to Sevilla – which will be heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on March 28.

The circumstances behind the allegation are unclear.


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