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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Zlatan gets two-game ban, Schalke's Drogba protest dismissed

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LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for two games by UEFA on Wednesday for his sending off in the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Valencia, the European governing body said.

The Swede was shown a straight red card in stoppage time after lunging at fullback Andres Guardado with his studs up in PSG's 2-1 victory in Spain on Feb. 12.

Ibrahimovic will miss the return leg in Paris on March 6 and the first leg of the quarter-final should the French league leaders progress.

"I'm surprised by the decision," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters.

"I was already surprised when he was shown the red card. A two-game ban is incredible. I hope that UEFA will overturn the decision. We're going to appeal."

UEFA also rejected Schalke 04's protest that Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba was eligible to play in their first leg in Istanbul on Feb. 20.

Ivorian striker Drogba joined the Turkish club in late January from Shanghai Shenhua. The Chinese club had initially tried to block the transfer saying he had violated the terms of his contract.

"Having examined all the documents of the case, the Control and Disciplinary Body decided to reject the protest lodged by Schalke," UEFA said in a statement. (Writing by Justin Palmer, editing by Tom Pilcher)

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