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Gervinho awaits sanction for dismissal



MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, January 21 – Ivory Coast forward Gervinho will discover the length of his suspension on Wednesday after the key forward was sent off in an Africa Cup of Nations group game the previous day.

The Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee will decide whether to extend a mandatory one-match ban for a red card.

Gervinho struck out at Guinea defender Naby Keita in the second half of the Group D match in Malabo and was immediately sent off.

A dismissal for violent conduct traditionally receives at least a two-match ban at the Nations Cup but it can be as high as four if the committee feels it deserves a more severe sanction.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old took to Twitter to apologise saying, “I would like to apologise to the Ivorian nation, to my team-mates, to the supporters and to the organisers of the Africa Cup of Nations for this angry gesture which is totally out of character and evidently has no place on a football pitch.”

Gervinho slapped his opponent rather than elbowed him which means it is likely he will serve a two-match ban, ruling him out of the rest of the group stage.

Ivory Coast rallied after Gervinho’s sending off to share the spoils with Guinea in a 1-1 draw. Their next match is against Mali in Malabo on Saturday, followed by a final Group D game against Cameroon on January 28.