Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes UEFA are being “very harsh” after seeing Eric Bailly’s European ban extended to three games.
The 23-year-old defender received a red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final, second-leg clash at Old Trafford last term, incurring an automatic one-match suspension.
As a result, Bailly sat out the final of the competition as United beat Ajax to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time in their history – a cruel end to a superb debut season for the 2016 signing from Villarreal.
However, the Ivory Coast international was dealt another blow this week when European football’s governing body decided to suspend him for a further two games, ruling Bailly out of the UEFA Super Cup tie with Real Madrid as well.
Commenting on the decision, Mourinho said at a press conference: “My view is that normally with UEFA what you get is what you get and you accept with a happy face or a bad face.
“You accept it was a red card in a semi-final, I think the punishment of not to play the final is enough, it’s a big punishment not to play the final, and I say that normally he would deserve a clean sheet and start the next season and ready to play the Super Cup.
“But now he’s an important player for us who is not able to play the Super Cup and the first match of the Champions League group stage but not to play the Europa League final and Super Cup is very, very harsh.”