Gervinho hit with 2-match ban

Malabo – Ivory Coast striker Gervinho will play no further part in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations after he was banned for two matches for striking an opponent, the Confederation of African Football said.

The forward received a straight red card after landing a blow on Guinea defender Naby Keita in the second half of their Group D match in Malabo yesterday.

He will miss pool matches with Mali on Saturday and Cameroon next Wednesday.

“I would like to apologise to the Ivory Coast nation, my team mates, the fans and the Africa Nations Cup organisers for this gesture of anger. It is not like me and does not have its place on a football pitch,” he said via his official Twitter account today.

Ivory Coast laboured to a 1-1 draw with Guinea in their opener, with Gervinho looking their most influential player prior his to sending off just before the hour-mark.

All four sides in Group D have a single point after the opening round of games.

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