Afcon 2015: Two-match ban as Gervinho apologises for red card


Ivory Coast forward Gervinho has been given a two-match ban following his sending off against Guinea in the sides' 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Gervinho said sorry after striking Naby Keita and will now miss his country's final Group D fixtures.

"I want to apologise to the Ivory Coast nation, my team-mates, the fans and the African Nations Cup organisers for this gesture of anger," he wrote on Twitter.external-link

"It is not like me and it does not have its place on a football pitch."

Gervinho, 27, will now be unavailable for the Ivory Coast's up-coming games against Mali and Cameroon and will only feature again in the tournament if his side reaches the quarter-finals.

The former Arsenal forward appeared to slap Guinea defender Keita in the 58th minute of the match in Malabo in an off-the-ball incident.

Ivory Coast were a goal down at the time but fought back to earn a draw despite their numerical disadvantage.