Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will be absent during his side’s clash with Arsenal on Oct. 22 after the German team decided not to appeal against the manager’s two-match, Champions League ban.
As reported by the Associated Press (via Fox Sports), the 46-year-old manager won’t take up position alongside his staff on the Emirates bench:
Klopp says he doesn't want to create the impression that he is taking lightly his ''incorrect behaviour'' and is accepting UEFA's ruling ''with a heavy heart.'' [...]
The German coach served the first match of his sanction during Dortmund's 3-0 victory against Marseille last week. Klopp's assistant, Zeljko Buvac, will guide the team in London again.
Klopp’s initial one-match suspension came after Dortmund’s heated 2-1 defeat to Napoli. The head coach angrily confronted the fourth official after Neven Subotic’s return to the pitch was delayed following an injury.
Napoli scored while the Serbian international waited on the sidelines, prompting Klopp’s outburst.
A UEFA disciplinary panel later extended Klopp's ban by a further game, as reported by Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC.
Although Dortmund initially suggested they would appeal UEFA’s decision, per The Telegraph, Klopp has now accepted the latter half of his punishment.
A difficult trip to the Emirates looms for the Bundesliga side. Having suffered the aforementioned defeat in their first European match since losing last year’s final to Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s victory over Marseille was the first step toward getting their Champions League campaign back on track.
Arsenal remain unbeaten in Europe this season and have convincingly put both Marseille and Napoli to the sword in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger’s side have maximum points from their opening two games and continue to exert the type of confidence that has seen the Gunners take up residency at the Premier League's summit.
Should Dortmund leave England without a win on Oct. 22, Klopp will face a daunting task when he returns.
A home fixture against the Gunners follows the Emirates tie, ensuring that the Westfalenstadion must play host to a German win if the team is to escape this year’s group stage.
Qualification remains in the balance, but now that Klopp has taken responsibility for his actions, Dortmund can focus on negotiating beyond this year's "Group of Death."