Last updated : 24 September 2004 By editor

From Guardian:

'Nicky Butt will miss Newcastle United's next three European matches as punishment for his sending-off against Bnei Sakhnin in the Uefa Cup first-round tie.

Uefa's control and disciplinary body imposed the ban yesterday after reviewing the incident that saw Butt dismissed for grabbing the Sakhnin captain Abas Suan around the throat during Newcastle's 2-0 win last week.

Butt is suspended for the return in Israel next Thursday and will miss Newcastle's opening two games in the four-match group stage if the club progress. The ban will otherwise carry over.'