Hoffenheim midfielder banned for five games

BERLIN - Hoffenheim midfielder Carlos Eduardo has been banned for five matches after his red card for elbowing VfL Bochum's Philipp Boenig in their Bundesliga match last week, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

Brazilian Eduardo received a tougher punishment than the usual three-match ban because he was also red-carded during a friendly match against Hamburg in January, the DFB said.

He will now only be available for the final two league matches of the season. Hoffenheim, who lost 3-0 to Bochum on Saturday, are in sixth place and fighting for a European spot.