Boost for Bayern as Boateng ban cut to two games

The Germany international will be free to return against Paderborn after seeing his punishment for his red card against Schalke reduced

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng had his three-match ban reduced by one game at a German Football Association (DFB) hearing on Monday.

The Germany international was shown a straight red card for a professional foul after upending Sidney Sam in last week’s 1-1 draw with Schalke.

Boateng was initially suspended for three games, but the Bundesliga champions have succeeded in their attempt to lessen that punishment.

Having missed Saturday’s 2-0 win at Stuttgart, the World Cup-winner will also sit out the home clash with Hamburg this weekend before being available to face Paderborn a week on Saturday.

Boateng attended the hearing in Frankfurt along with Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer.

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