United withdraw appeal against Jones ban


Manchester United have withdrawn their appeal against Phil Jones’ two-match European suspension.

The decisions means the English defender will now miss next week’s Champions League opener against Basle.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a positive start to the season for both country and club.

So far, Jone has started in all three of United’s Premier League games, without so much as conceding a goal.

Jones then started as he helped England edge closer to World Cup qualification for Russia next summer.

The defender missed the UEFA Super Cup tie when the Red Devils were defeated by Real Madrid after the two-match ban was awarded for abusing a match official after May’s Europa League final win against Ajax.

A 5,000 euros fine was dished out for the incident, which led to the player saying he felt the sanctions felt “a bit out of the ordinary”.

United saw an application to have the case delayed until after the Super Cup rejected and UEFA has now confirmed “the appeal has been withdrawn”.

Jones will be sidelined with fellow defender Eric Bailly for the game against Basle on Tuesday.

The last time United faced the Swiss champions Jones found the back of the net, although his goal counted for little more than a consolation goal, as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss at St. Jakob-Park.


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