CHRISTIAN BENTEKE could have played his final game for Crystal Palace after a red card at the final whistle of Sunday’s loss to Aston Villa.
The impending three-game ban will see the Belgian miss his side’s meeting with Manchester United on Thursday.
Benteke was dismissed for an incident after the final whistle
Replays showed Benteke appearing to kick out at Villa defender Ezri Konsa in a coming together after the final whistle.
And Martin Atkinson called the striker over to cap a miserable return to his former club with a red card.
Benteke squandered a number of opportunities as Palace remained stuck in lower mid-table after the 2-0 defeat.
Trezeguet bagged a brace to aid Villa’s fight against relegation.
The Eagles are set for a drab end to the campaign having lost five in a row before United are welcomed to Selhurst Park on Thursday.
However, the Red Devils will not be the only Europe-chasing team to benefit from Benteke’s absence with the 29-year-old set to miss the final fixtures against Wolves and Tottenham.
That said, he has only managed two goals from 25 appearances all season.
Still with 12 months left on his contract, the forward could be allowed to leave in the summer having turned down a loan return to Villa in January.
Benteke’s agent Kismet Eris recently told RTBF: “In the winter, I received many offers for him, including Aston Villa, but also Club Brugge, and others.
“But Christian is attached to London and wants to succeed where he is.”
By: Marc Mayo
Title: Man Utd boost as Benteke banned after red card at full time for foul on Konsa in Palace loss at old club Villa
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12102778/christian-benteke-red-card-villa-palace/
Published Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 16:41:38 +0000