Champions League - Luiz Adriano banned for controversial goal

UEFA has suspended Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano for one match for his controversial Champions League goal against FC Nordsjælland.

Champions League - Luiz Adriano banned for controversial goal

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Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano (C) discusses with Nordsjaelland's US defender Michael Parkhurst (L) during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match FC Nordsjaelland vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk in Copenhagen (AFP)

The Brazilian, 25, scored when his team-mates returned the ball to the Danish side's goalkeeper from an uncontested drop-ball, levelling at 1-1.

He was widely condemned for the lack of sportsmanship, as were his team-mates when they refused to allow the hosts to re-take the lead from kick-off.

UEFA charged the former Internacional forward with "violation of the principles of conduct" according to article five of its disciplinary regulations, which can apply to a wide range of unsportsmanlike behaviour.

He will miss the Champions League Group E match against Juventus.

Shakhtar have already qualified for the last 16 after their 5-2 win in Copenhagen, but the Italian side need to avoid defeat to ensure they progress ahead of Chelsea.

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