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Ibrahimovic Free To Face Barcelona

Ibrahimovic Free To Face Barcelona Photo: TT

Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be free to take on his former club in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after Paris Saint-Germain successfully appealed his three-game European ban be reduced.

The Sweden international’s ban, originating from a high challenge on Valencia’s Andres Guardado in their last 16 first leg, was cut from three games to one, meaning he’s free to take on the Spanish La Liga leaders.

“The UEFA Appeals Body has accepted the appeal lodged by Paris St Germain against a two-match ban meted out to striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reducing his suspension to one game,” UEFA said in a statement.

“The 31-year-old striker had incurred the original penalty from the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body after being dismissed in the closing seconds of PSG’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg victory at Valencia on 12 February.

“Following PSG’s appeal, the UEFA Appeals Body has decided to commute that suspension to one match, which Ibrahimovic served in the second leg against Valencia in Paris on March 6.

“He will now be available for the French side’s quarter-final opener against his old team, Barcelona, on Tuesday.’’

Ben somerford
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