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Hamburg striker banned for eight matches

Hamburg's Peruvian striker has been handed an eight-match ban for a nasty tackle in last Saturday's defeat by Stuttgart. It isn't the first time Paolo Guerrero has faced a lengthy ban.

The German Football Association (DFB) has banned Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero for eight matches for a blatant foul in last Saturday's game against Stuttgart.

The DFB's sports court followed a recommendation from the body's control panel when it handed down the suspension on Tuesday.

Guerrero had been shown a straight red card after he ran up behind Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and slid into the back of his legs with his studs showing near the corner flag in Hamburg's 4-0 defeat. Ulreich was not seriously injured by the tackle.

Hamburghas 24 hours to appeal the ban, which would see the Peru international miss all but the last two games of the current Bundesliga season.

This isn't the first time that the 28-year-old Guerrero has been in trouble with Germany's soccer authorities. He was banned for five games in April 2010 after throwing a plastic water bottle at a spectator in the stands who had been heckling him.

pfd/acb (SID, dpa)