Bodo/Glimt head coach Kjetil Knutsen will miss Thursday’s Europa League Conference clash with Roma after UEFA dismissed the club’s appeal against his suspension.
The 53-year-old alleged Giallorossi goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos assaulted him in the tunnel after the Norwegian champions claimed a 2-1 first-leg win over Roma in the competition’s quarter-finals last week.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body then provisionally suspended both men from all European competitions on Monday while its investigation into the incident continued, leading Bodo/Glimt to lodge an appeal.
However, European football’s governing body has upheld its previous decision, announcing Knutsen “is provisionally suspended for the next UEFA club competition matches in which he would otherwise participate until the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decides on the merits of the case”.
Bodo/Glimt professed themselves “surprised and shocked” by the original decision to issue a ban to Knutsen, who accused Santos of grabbing him by the neck and pushing him against a wall after the match.
Roma were also accused by their rivals of “bombarding the media with untruths” relating to the incident, while Knutsen said he “considered whether it was really a good idea to continue working in football” after the altercation.
Bodo/Glimt travel to Rome for the decisive second leg of the tie on Thursday, having won 10 and drawn eight of their last 18 away games in all competitions.
The visitors claimed a 2-2 draw on their previous visit to the Stadio Olimpico in November and are unbeaten in three clashes with Jose Mourinho’s team this season, winning two and drawing one. The Norwegian team have scored 10 goals and conceded just four in their head-to-head clashes with the Giallorossi.
However, based on the quality of chances across the three matches (xG), this could have been different… pic.twitter.com/zrKq4MhQyX
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