Manchester United will be without Phil Jones for the next two European games, after a ban for abusing a UEFA official. That’s according to the BBC, who say that the incident took place following the Europa League final at the end of May.
The Englishman has been found guilty of “directing insulting and directing abusive language” and “a lack of cooperation and respect” towards the official. The 25-year-old has been fined just under £4,500. Daley Blind has also been fined, but the Dutchman will face no ban.
It is believed that Jones was angry at the anti-doping official, as he refused to let the defender pose for a photo after the victory. The photo was apparently a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the tragic Manchester bomb incident that took place just a couple of days before the showpiece in Stockholm.
Jones will now miss the UEFA Super Cup that takes place next week, as well as the Red Devils’ opening Champions League game in September.
At the end of the day, you can understand the frustration from the player, but there is absolutely no need to get aggressive. However, what’s equally annoying is the fact that it has taken UEFA so long to get the ban sorted, and it must be so infuriating for manager Jose Mourinho, who’ll have obviously been planning for the game in Skopje.