European football’s governing body on Wednesday clarified Antoine Griezmann’s status for Atlético Madrid’s upcoming Champions League group stage clash with AC Milan, while also announcing defender Felipe Monteiro’s two-game suspension for a direct red card.
Felipe was sent off for a rough-looking challenge on Sadio Mané late in the first half of Atlético’s eventual 2-0 loss at Liverpool earlier this month. UEFA affirmed Wednesday that the Brazilian will be suspended for the Milan game on Wednesday, in addition to Atleti’s matchday six visit to his former club Porto.
Griezmann’s suspension was updated to two games as well, meaning he should be available for the Portugal trip next month. But his situation had been far less clear, given the intense debate centered on the high boot that saw him ejected from Atlético’s 3-2 home loss to Liverpool on Oct. 19.
Griezmann sat out the Anfield loss and tweeted about the refereeing controversies that defined the game — leading to speculation that UEFA is “getting even” with the player for questioning the officials on social media.
Either way, UEFA’s unclear motives and delay in announcing the punishment are likely to draw an appeal from Atleti in an attempt to get Griezmann into the squad to face Milan. The colchoneros could use his services — they sit third in Group B, one point behind Porto with two games to go in the group stage.
UPDATE: UEFA has reduced Griezmann’s suspension following an appeal and he’ll be eligible to play Milan.