UEFA have provisionally suspended Bodo/Glimt head coach Kjetil Knutsen and Roma goalkeeper Nuno Santos following an incident in the Europa Conference League quarter-final between the two teams last Thursday .
They are being investigated for “conduct (which) is insulting or otherwise violates fundamental rules of decent conduct” and face a suspension of up to five UEFA competition matches.
Pending UEFA’s final judgement, Knutsen and Santos will miss the second leg on April 14. The winner of the quarter-final will face Leicester City or PSV Eindhoven.
Hugo Vetlesen scored a late winner in the 2-1 Bodo/Glimt win after which a row broke out in the tunnel.
Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini accused Knutsen of attacking former Leeds goalkeeper Santos after the game, saying: “The dressing rooms face each other. Knutsen started saying something to our goalkeeper coach and then attacked him.
“It was an unpleasant incident for the competition and for fair play. I’m disappointed because we came here with respect, but incidents like this are an insult to Roma and to the competition. It’s ashamed.
However, Bodo/Glimt suggested Santos was the provocateur, alleging to police he committed “physical abuse” against manager Knutsen.
Their statement noted: “Roma’s goalkeeping coach illegally positioned himself outside the coaching staff, where he continuously harassed Knutsen verbally and with gestures.”
Knutsen added: “It all culminated in a physical attack on me in the player’s tunnel. Usually I’m so by nature that I would retreat. In this case I was physically attacked. He grabbed me by the neck and pushed me against the wall, so naturally I had to defend myself.
Both parties will not be allowed to coach in UEFA competitions until a final decision has been taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.
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