Phil Jones has received a two game ban after being found guilty of launching abusive language towards doping officials soon after Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final.
The Englishman was not picked to start the game in Stockholm, with Jose Mourinho opting for Chris Smalling due his improved fitness.
Mourinho will be without Eric Bailly for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid after receiving a three game ban following the Europa League semi-final.
And Jones looks set to give the Portuguese a bigger headache after being handed a ban for abusive language towards a doping control officer following the final in Stockholm.
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Daley Blind will also be fined a total €5,000 for a lack of cooperation with the doping procedure following the game. Man United have been fined a further €10,000 but have the right to appeal.
Two players from each side are called in to undergo doping tests for every game of such magnitude and the pair were clearly in no mood to sit around and wait for a bunch of results they knew the answers to.
They were most likely smashed, utterly smashed, lost in a frenzy of adrenalin fuelled elation and, alas, completely uncooperative, with Jones actually throwing a torrent of unintelligible expletives at an official just doing his or her job. We’ve all been there, right?
That is just my theory, but a more serious implication lies underneath – namely that Jones and Bailly, United’s two best centre-backs during pre-season so far, will have to step aside as the shaky duo of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof take on Madrid in Macedonia.