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Valencia star banned from Copa del Rey game for something he did FOUR years ago

Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off during his time at Sevilla in 2012/13

Here’s a weird one for you.

Geoffrey Kondogbia was once one of the most coveted names in Europe after making a name for himself at Sevilla.


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Geoffrey Kondogbia is a target for Liverpool and Spurs

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Kondogbia’s career has been full of ups and downs

The French midfielder lost his way after moves to Monaco and then Inter Milan but is now finding his feet again while on loan at Valencia.

But something he did during his Sevilla days has come back to haunt him.

In the 2012/13 season, Sevilla reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals, but Kondogbia was given a straight red card during the clash with Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder would have served the suspension the following season but his move to Monaco that summer delayed the ban.

Kondogbia was sent off during a game at Sevilla

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Kondogbia was sent off during a game at Sevilla

So, given Kondogbia has only returned to Spain for the first time since this season, he is duly suspended for Valencia’s Copa del Rey tie with Real Zaragoza this week.

Talk about playing by the rules.

In a statement, Valencia said the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had failed to notify the French Football Federation of the suspension, which allowed Kondogbia to avoid suspension at Monaco.

Kondogbia has been in brilliant form for Valencia

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Kondogbia has been in brilliant form for Valencia

Kondogbia has been one of the highest rated players in La Liga this season, according to WhoScored, scoring twice and assisting once in seven appearances.

Valencia are also showing signs of their former selves, remaining unbeaten so far and sat behind only Barcelona in the table after six wins from their opening nine games.


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