Liverpool midfielder, Lazar Markovic has been handed a four-match suspension following his red card in the side’s final Uefa Champions League group game against Basel last December 9.
The 20-year-old Serbian was sent off for raising his arm in the direction of the pursuing Behrang Safari during the match.
The normal punishment for violent conduct is a three-match ban, but Markovic has received an extra game on top because he was sent off playing for Benfica in a Europa League match last May.
Liverpool failed to advance in the Champions League and are now consigned to the second-tier Uefa Europa League.
Markovic will now miss both legs of Liverpool’s round of 32 Europa League clash with Besiktas. The Anfield outfit hosts the Turkish side on Thursday.
— Lazar Markovic (@LMarkec50) February 17, 2015
He will also miss both leg of a prospective last-16 tie should the ‘Reds’ advance beyond the last 32 round.